Explaining Privilege Part 4: The Invisibility Cloak

CN: racism, sexism, police brutality, detailed descriptions of sexual assault, rape culture, Trump, Charlottesville rally Privilege can bring you many benefits, and eliminate many obstacles for you. But privilege can also mask negative traits such as incompetence, unethZical behavior, and dishonesty. Privilege can give you literal get-out-of-jail-free cards, to the detriment of people who lack that privilege. In many ways, privilege results in the opposite of scrutiny. If you are generally successful in life, socially …Read More

Explaining Privilege Part 3: The Consequences of Scrutiny

Content Note: This article covers specific upsetting examples of oppression in action and includes many links to external websites, including news coverage and videos of police brutality, and first-hand accounts of sexual assault and other trauma. This content note will only cover the topics contained within this article. Be warned many of the external links also contain disturbing material, not all of which come with a content note of their own, so click with caution. …Read More

Explaining Privilege Part 2: The Cycle of Reinforcement

CN: ableism, racism, abuse of minorities, Trump, bullying, poverty, chronic pain In Part 1: WHAT is Privilege, I give a basic definition of privilege, review examples of benefits privileged groups receive and obstacles privileged groups avoid, and talk about how blindspots work and why we have them. Once you know that privilege exists and that you have blindspots, it seems like it should be simple to just stop participating in that system and fix it, …Read More

Explaining Privilege Part 1: WHAT Is Privilege?

CN: discussion of consequences of oppression Let’s talk about “privilege.” It’s a big concept and a word that’s used so frequently, to many people it’s meaningless. It’s often misinterpreted to mean “out of touch,” “your life is perfect,” or sometimes, just “you suck.” But it actually means none of those things. What Is Privilege? Privilege is the ability to receive social, financial, and institutional benefits based on a trait you have that society considers desireable. …Read More

Who Is Marginalized?

CN: Mention of serious effects of oppression, specific to race, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, physical and mental ability, class and religion. There are a number of traits for which people are oppressed, and these traits fall into a number of categories. A crucial idea in understanding the premise of social justice is that for each category, there is a group that our society currently considers “default,” “normal,” or “neutral” and anyone outside of that …Read More

Content Notes

CN: mental illness, PTSD At the beginning of most of my posts, I’ll be using a note that starts “CN” followed by a list of certain topics and themes. CN stands for Content Note. Here I’m going to talk about what content notes or content warnings are, why I use them, and why I use them as opposed to trigger warnings. Trigger Warnings You’ve probably heard of trigger warnings, which have gained a lot of …Read More