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 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

Untangling Sexualization from Objectification

CN: Objectification, sexist slurs, sexuality, body image, racy imagery CN for linked article 1: nudity CN for linked article 2: sexism, sexuality, mention of rape In feminism, bodies are a touchy subject. There’s a lot of baggage around how women’s bodies are viewed, used, and treated, as well as our relationship with our own bodies. In addition, all of that baggage is influenced by things like race, class, body type, and ability. This shit is …Read More

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CN: chronic pain, PTSD, doctor neglect, ableism, emetophobia (mention only) When you meet a new doctor, you’re allowed just a few sentences to communicate everything about who you are, where you’ve come from, and which details of your health history are the important ones. In such a limited format, it’s hard for me to convey to a new doctor how long I spent looking out for myself with no close relationship to a primary practitioner. …Read More

You Need this Thread on Emotional Labor in your life

CN: (for the featured thread) sexism, misogyny, sexual assault, disability, suicide. Periodically I will do posts that I call, “Content That Changed My Activism,” or CTCMA for short. These posts will focus on articles, videos, or other types of media that influenced my activism and awareness of social justice in a powerful way. For this post, I wanted to focus on an incredible compilation of posts assembled by Olivia K. Lima and Timid Robot Zehta: …Read More