Privilege 101: 5+ Links to Explain Privilege
Tuesday, December 4, 2012Tweet
Occasionally I write on here about privilege, which is one of those concepts that 1) people tend to react badly to and 2) is difficult to provide a precise definition for.
Thus, some people have come up with really excellent analogies, examples, and other ways to explain privilege.
As with my Resource Guide to Christianity and Homosexuality, I know that this is a giant topic and there are many people out there who have spent far more time than I have studying and thinking about it. Thus, rather than trying to summarize others' points on this, it seems more expedient to direct you to their original thoughts.
These are by no means the best things ever written on privilege, but they're a handful of things I've read that have stuck with me and helped me understand privilege and explain it to others. I suggest taking the time to read through and reflect on each of them.
What's Privilege? by Emily Sullivan Sanford
Of Dogs and Lizards: A Parable of Privilege by Sindelókë
Privilege: Invisible Advantages by Dianna E. Anderson (Part 2) (Part 3)
Straight White Male: The Lowest Difficulty Setting There Is by John Scalzi (Part 2) (Part 3)
Oblivious to Privilege by Haley at Permission to Live (Part 2)
The Distress of the Privileged by Doug Muder
What does it mean to be privileged? by Jamelle Bouie
Privilege Says... by Christena Cleveland
Literacy Privilege: How I Learned to Check Mine Instead of Making Fun of People's Grammar on the Internet by Painting the Grey Area (Part 2) (Part 3)
Derailing for Dummies (If the site's down, check here.)
Grace for the privileged too? by Rachel Held Evans (Be sure to check out the comments as well)
The Terrible Bargain We Have Regretfully Struck by Melissa McEwan
Nine things I wish economically privileged people in my life knew by M at Class Rage Speaks
30+ Examples of Christian Privilege by Sam Killermann at It's Pronounced Metrosexual
For more, I invite you to follow my Pinterest board of Great Posts on Privilege & Social Justice and read the follow-up post, Why Should We Care About Privilege?
Please share links and other explanations in comments. What have you read that has helped you get, or better explain, the concept of privilege?
UPDATE: Since posting this, several people have shared other great posts about privilege with me, so I've added those to the list above and will continue to do so.