Posts tagged privilege
Posts tagged privilege
I love how people have turned the idea of not being a racist, ableist, sexist, trans*phobic, queerphobic fucknut into the phrase “political correctness”.
Because it’s much easier to say “I don’t like all this PC stuff” than it is to say “I actually like my position at the top of the hierarchy and though I know that I’m only here because many people suffer every day, I don’t plan on changing it, because this is waaaay too comfortable.”
"Prejudice/discrimination against _______ is the last acceptable form of prejudice/discrimination."
"If you said/did [oppressive thing] to [other marginalized group], there would be outrage from the PC police."
”_______ is the new [marginalized group].”
There are multiple forms of oppression. Intersectionality is a thing.
Don’t erase or invalidate the experiences of other marginalized groups.
And *especially* don’t claim that prejudice against a privileged group is somehow more of an issue than oppression against actual marginalized groups.
"If your ancestors cut down all the trees, it’s not your fault, but you still don’t live in a forest."
- Pam Oliver, a professor in the UW-Madison sociology department, explaining the historical roots of racism in the United States to her undergraduate students (mostly middle-class and White).
Imporant message for all white people who say “well it’s not my fault that slavery happened!” while forgetting that they still benefit from that legacy tremendously to this day.
White guys are so proud of their ability to be not offended. When one of them tells a rape joke or uses a racial slur, they wink and pat themselves on the back and give endless attaboys for their superior skills in being not offended. They decry the “politically correct” society they find themselves in and look down on anyone who has the lack of fortitude to be offended by anything.
Of course, what allows them to be not offended at rape jokes and racial slurs is that they are not targeted at them. For white guys, these are fun toys to play with; while for much of the rest of the world, they are tools of violence and oppression. Not just relics of the past, but very much alive and well today. So, then, the magical quality that allows these guys to remain so aloof and above-it-all is, quite simply, privilege.
And if you want to watch hypocrisy and cognitive dissonance in action, simply bring up privilege to these not offended white guys and see how fast and hard they become offended. Privilege is a concept so simple and obvious that most social scientists take it as axiomatic, but the mere mention of it gets these guys worked up into a rage. They’re so proud of their ability to be not offended by oppressive language and stereotypes, but they’ll be damned if you point out why. Funny. It’s almost as if they are the beneficiaries of systems of oppression and want to subtly encourage those systems so as to continue benefiting, while simultaneously stifling all mention of those systems, so as to mollify their fragile egos and underused consciences.
But by all means; continue to congratulate yourself on your superior ability to be not offended by oppression and cruelty.
i’m not queer or trans, why won’t you let me into your club for queer and trans people. i don’t understand. not being queer or trans has helped me get into every other other club
like you do realize you can just go to 98% of the rest of the internet and they will be places that do not complain about straight white cis men
and then you can get up and go outside and be part of a society that elevates straight white cis men and if, per chance, you hear someone complain about them they are usually silenced within minutes
like jesus fuck people here openly complain about how many brown people live and work in Toronto, and nobody gives them any shit, but dare suggest that the reason we see so many poc in low wage earning jobs is partly because customs takes a giant shit on people’s past achievements/diplomas/degrees when they immigrate here and an army of people will come running to tell you that ‘well it’s not always that simple you know’
so there is a tiny fraction of the internet where marginalized people can voice their complaints and actually be backed up by others for once and it so happens that what was said might hurt the feelings of straight white cis men well boo fucking hoo
people making generalized statements about non-marginalized groups that have repeatedly wronged them is actually way more harmless than it should be and for fuck’s sake it is not a personal attack unless you’re actually doing the things they are complaining about.
I mean when non-white feminists complain about the shit white feminists do I a) ask myself “woah, have I done that?” b) resolve to make sure I never do so in the future, and c) resolve to call out others when they inevitably do it. I don’t assume they’re not talking about white feminists like me, and even if they aren’t (meaning, I personally haven’t done the thing or even thought of doing the thing), I keep in mind that hey, if I see that shit I should put a fucking stop to it. It is not incredibly difficult to do and does not involve me whining about my hurt feelings and trying to silence people when talking about their experiences. Fuck.
If someone asks you to be considerate and you tell them you didn’t do anything then you pretty much look like this
This is perfect.
I would just add that trying to explain to someone that “the thing i just said isn’t sexist/racist/etc and here’s how I know” is equivalent to “your foot doesn’t hurt! i would know because mine doesn’t.”
Why would your foot hurt? You’re not being stepped on.
Keeping it real at its finest. I respect it.
Finally some truth.
I respect him acknowledging his white privilege
using the power of privilege for good~