May 3, 2017

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, right? But even people who’ve been involved in social activism for years wrestle with being aware of the places they have privilege and the gap...

April 20, 2017

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.
 

Privilege is the ability to receive social, financial, and institutional benefits based on a trait you have that society considers desireable. But unlike benefits received in response to merit, skill, or dedication, these traits are almost always something outside your control such...

March 9, 2017

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 group is the “variant.” Anyone who can be categorized as the “variant” is often considered “abnormal” and can be subject to...

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