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Tue, May. 15th, 2012, 06:07 pm
annwfyn: Privilege for beginners

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

A friend of mine posted this on G+ and it was good enough that I wanted to share it. It is a really nice geek friendly way of trying to get the concept of privilege across without provoking the rabid cheetah on steroids response.

It does have failings - for some reason it does mention race, gender and sexuality, but doesn't mention class - and it is very geek centric, but I thought it was definitely worth passing around.

Wed, May. 16th, 2012 05:28 pm (UTC)
jsl32

shrug, my experience is that they totally know and just dissemble about it. you give (white) people way too much credit by pretending they're ignorant when they're just protecting ego turf.

and no, you can totally have an election without an understanding of democracy. people do all manner of things without full comprehension of concepts underlying those things. that's a red herring argument.

plus, with the explosion of types of privilege, it seems to me that it isn't about getting to a clear endpoint, but just standing still talking about permutations all the livelong day.

as a Christian black woman who mostly lives and spends time with very conservative Christian white people, i don't waste time talking about privilege if they bring a stupid white person moment. i speak to them in our shared language of Christian faith, without using privilege vocabulary at all and i have found that this gets me less defensiveness and also less of the stupid behavior. i get a clear result with my method and the long term outcome is white people who see black people as equally imago dei, made in the image of Christ. and in so doing, act less stupidly and meanly.

i don't have advice for how the non-Christian should play it, beyond me not seeing the privilege stuff pan out with irl reactions.