Check your privilege

Check your privilege

Privilege: Unearned access to social power based on membership in a dominant social group

_  Able-bodied physically and mentally

_  Access to education

_  Christian

_  Cisgender

_  Heterosexual

_  Male

_  Native English speaker

_  New Zealand Citizen (at birth)

_  White

Becoming Aware of Privilege should not be viewed as a burden or source of guilt, but rather an opportunity to learn and be responsible so that we may work toward a more just and inclusive world.

(Adapted from OUIT)

 

 

 

20 Comments

  1. sorethumb

     /  March 4, 2018

    What if you are tall handsome black man with a high IQ versus a small white man with a low IQ or a knockout woman of colour or talented lesbos?

  2. sorethumb

     /  March 4, 2018

    Take it to its conclusion the individual is the ultimate minority and that is what the West discovered.
    The white privelege paper, it’s hypothesis part , as an under graduate honors degree would not have come close. The scholarship is awful. There’s no methodology
    Privelege is living in the majority culture – that’s what it is for ( same if you go to China)

    Racism is atributing the charcteristics of a group to the individual as though the group were homogeneous. There’s no other definition (except Spoonleys which states racism came with British colonisation).

  3. J Bloggs

     /  March 4, 2018

    Here’s another take on privilege (that avoids using the term “privilege”)

    https://whatever.scalzi.com/2012/05/15/straight-white-male-the-lowest-difficulty-setting-there-is/

  4. sorethumb

     /  March 4, 2018

    Top 15 most cited academic papers from Google Scholar and ResearchGate:
    https://scholar.google.ca/citations?user=wL1F22UAAAAJ&hl=en

  5. High Flying Duck

     /  March 4, 2018

    I checked and got all the boxes right. Do I win a prize?

    • Gezza

       /  March 4, 2018

      No. Because I deducted a point when you tickec both cisgender & heterosexual.
      If you want to appeal, I’ll have another think about it, but your chances aren’t good.

      • High Flying Duck

         /  March 4, 2018

        I was going to mention they seemed to overlap somewhat. But I got them both “right” so I let it lie…

      • High Flying Duck

         /  March 4, 2018

        Actually they do differ enough to be separate.

        Cisgender = a person whose sense of personal identity and gender corresponds with their birth sex.

        Heterosexual = sexually attracted to people of the opposite sex.

        And I don’t want to get into a discussion of what denotes “the opposite sex” or whether that can even exist in today’s acronym infested world of genders.

        • Gezza

           /  March 4, 2018

          Ok. But you therefore get a prize every day of your life, apparently, so don’t be greedy.

  6. “An actual official checklist, so you can “check your privilege”, with some explanation, from the University of Ontario”

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  March 4, 2018

      I am glad that I didn’t go to that university.

      Most of the male population would fit those criteria, and it’s hardly likely that most Canadian men are privileged.

    • Corky

       /  March 4, 2018

      Parti would love that. Nothing like undermining societal structures dependent on unearned privilege favouring white male hierarchical influences myopically focused on retaining their own power at the expense of a more inclusive and expressive society empowering all members of a said community.

  7. The higherstandard

     /  March 4, 2018

    What drivel – I expect it to be implemented in some of our tertiary institutions next week !

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  March 4, 2018

      I sincerely hope not.

      Calling it drivel is paying it a compliment.

  8. David

     /  March 4, 2018

    To believe in that list being privillage is to be on exactly the same political ground as the KKK

  9. Alan Wilkinson

     /  March 4, 2018

    The missing items from that list would be informative about the authors.

  10. adamsmith1922

     /  March 5, 2018

    This is balderdash.
    It is about oppressing white men, in the name of some faux standard of equality.

    If you live in say, Aceh, Muslim males are privileged and no one else.
    In Pakistan Christians are dis privileged.
    These notions in the West are promulgated by Progressives as I will not sully the word liberal by associating it with these attitudes which are antithetical to freedom of expression and thought. Indeed the only Progession these people are achieving is towards the deserved torments of Dante’s Inferno.