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August 25 2012

lasagne

All whites are racist in this use of the term, because we benefit
from systemic white privilege. Generally whites think of racism
as voluntary, intentional conduct, done by horrible others.
Whites spend a lot of time trying to convince ourselves and
each other that we are not racist. A big step would be for
whites to admit that we are racist and then to consider what to
do about it.

— from Privilege Revealed
Reposted byzweisatzlotterlebenincendarius

August 16 2012

Straight White Male: The Lowest Difficulty Setting There Is – Whatever

Dudes. Imagine life here in the US — or indeed, pretty much anywhere in the Western world — is a massive role playing game, like World of Warcraft except appallingly mundane, where most quests involve the acquisition of money, cell phones and donuts, although not always at the same time. Let’s call it The Real World. You have installed The Real World on your computer and are about to start playing, but first you go to the settings tab to bind your keys, fiddle with your defaults, and choose the difficulty setting for the game. Got it?

August 14 2012

lasagne
Traditionally, in American society, it is the members of oppressed, objectified groups who are expected to stretch out and bridge the gap between the actualities of our lives and the consciousness of our oppressor. In other words, it is the responsibility of the oppressed to teach the oppressors their mistakes. I am responsible for educating teachers who dismiss my children’s culture in school. Black and Third World people are expected to educate white people as to our humanity. Women are expected to educate men. Lesbians and gay men are expected to educate the heterosexual world. The oppressors maintain their position and evade responsibility for their own actions. There is a constant drain of energy which might be better used in devising realistic scenarios for altering the present and constructing the future.
— Audre Lorde, “Age, Race and Sex: Women Redefining Difference”
Reposted byzweisatzReisagainstfeminism

August 11 2012

The monosexual privilege checklist

Despite the fact that many privilege lists exist for many groups, it appears that the idea that monosexuals enjoy privilege is relatively new as well as foreign to queer and bisexual political thought. More often than not, when the word “privilege” arises in relation to bisexuality or bisexual people, it is coupled with “heterosexual” and with the claim that bisexuals “enjoy heterosexual privilege” (here’s a helpful hint with that: we’re not, in fact, heterosexual). And so I thought it might be time to try to unpack some of these notions and compile a monosexual privilege checklist. The significance of such a list, as I see it, would be to highlight the way in which bisexuals experience oppression, seeing as this is a much-denied and much-erased topic.

July 18 2012

lasagne

Fatshadow

Everyday as an average sized person ...

July 15 2012

lasagne
Here’s the thing about privilege: it’s unearned.  That’s right, privilege isn’t something that people ask for, nor is it something to feel guilty about.  What’s important is that you understand that your position, your unearned advantages, create limitations and boundaries, whether it’s epistimological (knowledge-based) or material.  This means you aren’t going to know a whole lot of shit about other positions because you haven’t experienced them, and never will.
Queer Insurrection - Reflection on privilege, theory, and activist spaces.
Reposted byquicquidareyouboredfizzygoodBarnacleBoylordminxtinu-qinnoninaAnarchaponyriotsquadsiriusminervazweisatzReisagainst

July 12 2012

lasagne
Play fullscreen
cis privilege.
Reposted bytransgroup transgroup

May 07 2012

lasagne

April 08 2012

FAT SOLIDARITY: THE BASICS

The following are some personal guidelines on how people can opt out of fat hate and challenge the objectification of fat bodies.

April 06 2012

lasagne
Sometimes I think that “hating labels” is something that happens when you don’t have to acknowledge your marginality on a daily basis… like I personally don’t give a shit what you call my sexual orientation, or my gender, but I have to deal with the shit I get for it on a daily basis… when I say I’m queer, when I say I’m a dyke, when I explain my gender as “genderfluid femme” I’m not choosing to label myself, I’m telling you what bullshit I deal with on a daily basis. You can hate labels when you don’t deal with violence and aggression for what you are, otherwise they’re just a fact of life.
Peacock Angel
Reposted byhanhaiwenyetztbrightbytesofiashairinmyzweisatz

April 02 2012

lasagne
There are the occasions that men—intellectual men, clever men, engaged men—insist on playing devil’s advocate, desirous of a debate on some aspect of feminist theory or reproductive rights or some other subject generally filed under the heading: Women’s Issues. These intellectual, clever, engaged men want to endlessly probe my argument for weaknesses, want to wrestle over details, want to argue just for fun—and they wonder, these intellectual, clever, engaged men, why my voice keeps raising and why my face is flushed and why, after an hour of fighting my corner, hot tears burn the corners of my eyes. Why do you have to take this stuff so personally? ask the intellectual, clever, and engaged men, who have never considered that the content of the abstract exercise that’s so much fun for them is the stuff of my life.
Melissa McEwan (via)
Reposted bypaulinkam1989 paulinkam1989

March 16 2012

Ways Gender-Privileged Men Can Challenge Sexism

(This list will be forever in-progress. Please add on as you see fit).
Reposted byStadtgespenst Stadtgespenst

February 06 2012

September 11 2011

lasagne
This is why some people of color have denounced the glorification of illegal actions as the most radical form of activism. They know that this sort of activism privileges Whiteness. Take a systematic look at the racial breakdown of arrests, then the breakdown of cases that go before a judge, then the cases that result in convictions, and then cases that result in the most sever prison sentences. The legal system has a way of filtering out the privileged and punishing the targets of oppression.
Ida
Reposted byprotestzweisatz

June 16 2011

lasagne
You probably can’t make yourself non-racist, but you can make yourself anti-racist. And in the end, being anti-racist is actually more important.
student activism (via the critical witness)
Reposted byZaubertrank Zaubertrank

May 31 2011

White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack - Peggy McIntosh

As a white person, I realized I had been taught about racism as something that puts others at a disadvantage, but had been taught not to see one of its corollary aspects, white privilege, which puts me at an advantage.

Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack II

This article is based on Peggy McIntosh’s article on white privilege and was written by a number of straight-identified students at Earlham College who got together to look at some examples of straight privilege. These dynamics are but a few examples of the privilege which straight people have. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and queer-identified folk have a range of different experiences, but cannot count on most of these conditions in their lives.

QUEER ODOR ▽ ⚧ (Non-Trans Privilege or Cisgender Privilege List)

This list is based on Peggy McIntosh’s White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack.
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