Privilege 101?



I’ve seen numerous posts about privilege on my dash lately and there seems to have been a communication problem.  

This is super obvious, but I feel like I need to point out most of us have advantages in some areas and disadvantages in others.  When you see a post about a privilege you have but think “Hey - I’m not privileged because <this>,” you’re actually recognizing the <this> privilege of others (Which is good!  It’s a first step!), but you’re forgetting about your own advantages.

For example, I’m a straight (societal advantage), white (societal advantage), financially secure (societal advantage), atheist (societal disadvantage), married (societal advantage) woman (societal disadvantage) and I occasionally struggle with depression (societal disadvantage).  

In discussions about a topic where I have a societal advantage, I need to remember to A) shut up so the disadvantaged have space to speak, vent and state what they need and B) speak up within my advantaged group and share that message.

In discussions about a topic where I have a societal disadvantage, I need to remember my privileges will mitigate my experiences.   

It’s really that simple.  


Brilliant, JJ.  :D



This semester I went to the White Privilege Conference in Madison, WI for my honors seminar about examining privilege. I made a poster about the behaviors of particular white female musicians who appropriate other cultures as a means of identity and sexualize/objectify WOC as a means of displaying sexual agency and social power. All under the guise of “empowerment”.

This is my take on the knowledge I found through seminar and readings, (esp. online articles) so in no way do I claim these ideas or concepts as my own.

Very educational

"It was very important to give this to Mako and to have her say "for my family", but it’s not only the family that she lost in that memory. I made the conscious decision not to show the family destroyed in the memory because all the family that she’s formed now, the russians that died, the chinese that died is her family, the human family that we see slaughtered in the movie everytime a Kaiju appears." -Guillermo del Toro, Pacific Rim Director’s Commentary

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Astronomy defined our home as a small planet tucked away in one corner of an average galaxy among million; biology took away our status as paragons created in the image of God; geology gave us the immensity of time and taught us how little of it our own species has occupied.

Stephen Jay Gould, Ever Since Darwin: Reflections in Natural History (via thedragoninmygarage)

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"Even if all the trees grow back, it won’t be his forest anymore. The Forest Spirit is dead."

"Never. He is life itself. He isn’t dead, San. He is here with us now, telling us, it’s time for both of us to live."

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do u guys understand how creepy the pledge of allegiance is though like every day when ur a kid everybody just chants how great america is every morning it’s creepy

You do that every morning???




is this a real thing i thought that was just in the simpsons

no son

Wait, other countries don’t do this.

*whispers* Not even Russia

In high school I refused to take part in it. There was no thought to standing and reciting the words and I don’t like mindless/thoughtless gestures like that. I got in trouble, of course, but in my mind there was more intent/exercise of freedom in not saying it and remaining seated than mindlessly capitulating with a system that felt very much like brainwashing. 

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To be white, or straight, or male, or middle class is to be simultaneously ubiquitious and invisible. You’re everywhere you look, you’re the standard against which everyone else is measured. You’re like water, like air. People will tell you they went to see a “woman doctor” or they will say they went to see “the doctor.” People will tell you they have a “gay colleague” or they’ll tell you about a colleague. A white person will be happy to tell you about a “Black friend,” but when that same person simply mentions a “friend,” everyone will assume the person is white. Any college course that doesn’t have the word “woman” or “gay” or “minority” in its title is a course about men, heterosexuals, and white people. But we call those courses “literature,” “history” or “political science.”

This invisibility is political.

Michael S. Kimmel, in the introduction to the book, “Privilege: A Reader” (via thinkspeakstress)

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