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What is Privilege?

In answering the question what is privilege my first thought was my immediate assignation of “whiteness”. The second, my assignation of “male” to privilege. The third, my assignation of heterosexuality to privilege. After, I had to question why, even now, my … Continue reading

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Is there a such thing as free choice?

Free choice is correlated to privilege. Some people are afforded more choice than others; however, everyone is constrained in some way by social and cultural norms or stereotypes and prejudices. One example of this is demonstrated in the documentary, The … Continue reading

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What is Privilege?

I found Sheila Jeffrey’s article, Keeping Women Down and Out, disturbing for it’s content and knowing the truth in it. I was an employee at Morgan Stanley for nearly 14 years. I saw firsthand how strippers enter the workplace and … Continue reading

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What is privilege?

In class last week, we discussed how men hold the privilege in society over women, who are the ‘other’.  I think that this idea has interesting implications in Fausto-Sterling’s article “Should There Only Be Two Sexes?”.  Fausto-Sterling described how many hermaphrodites had gender reconstructive surgery to become … Continue reading

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What is Privilege?

My understanding of privilege is that it is a special right or advantage bestowed upon a person or group of people. The concept of privilege is paramount to understanding gender roles in society. After transitioning to a woman Serano emphasizes … Continue reading

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Is privilege relative?

There is a complex relationship between privilege and discrimination based on sex, gender identity, and sexuality. In some ways, I’m seen as “other” because I am female and because there has been systematic oppression of my sex throughout history. However, … Continue reading

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What is privilege?

While it was written over 25 years ago, the Bell Hooks piece on the concept of privilege within feminist communities is strikingly contemporary.  Feminists of privilege often naively assume that all women are united by their womanhood and ignore the … Continue reading

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