The power of the privilege depends on the situation. Which privileges do you think make the most difference most of the time?
Able-bodied people will not have their body discriminated against when interviewing, seeking housing, dating, seeking to procreate, and during child rearing. Able-bodied people have full access to all stores, all entertainment, and the ability to shop alone. Able-bodied people are well represented in school media and media in general. H/T List of able-bodied privileges by Melisa Graham
Asian privilege helps to get a call back after job interviews due to the bias that hiring managers have for the well educated ‘model minority‘. Asian privilege helps avoid stop-n-frisk. Asian privilege does not help against fear of Yellow Peril.
Two U.S. immigration laws are written with favorable bias for fashion models, the H-1B and H-1B3 visas. In general, beautiful people are paid 3% to 4% more then people with below average looks. Super model’s yearly salaries are in the millions. Beautiful people tend to be favored in job interviews and in the dating scene. Good looks however, can attract harassment, jealousy, and even being fired for good looks that are distracting (1),(2). There is no law specifically to protect people from being fired for their distractive attractiveness.
Those born or adopted into a privileged class will be pampered, protected and given success on a silver platter. The only way they can screw up class privilege is if they work on screwing it up with egregious criminal acts for which a good lawyer cannot get them off the hook.
Female privilege allows reaching for a cell phone without being shot by the police; allows one to get the job at day cares, elementary schools, and babysitting over most men. Female privilege allows touching and hugs without people feeling defensive or getting their guard up. For more check Mary Dee Wenniger’s list.
“Good hair” Privilege
‘Good hair’ is the prejudicial term for hair that is not kinky. Many with kinky, curly or wavy hair will flatten it to make it ‘good’. ‘Good hair’ allows one to not be harassed for how the hair grows out of one’s head.
Male privilege usually provides a higher income for the same work. You will not be told that you are too bossy, too loud, or too crass. The list of male privileges is long. H/T Barry Deutsch for the long list.
Mixed Heritage Privilege
Mixed heritage often allows blending into two or more cultures without getting the side eye. Although, there may be a lot of annoying “What are you?” questions or “Where are you from?”, when the person is probably meaning to ask “What’s your ethnic heritage?”
Not Being Black Privilege
Helps avoid getting shot dead, run over, or dragged to death behind a truck (1),(2), helps prevent being disrespected, disregarded, degraded and dehumanized. For more, listen for negative biases perpetuated through media and watch the prison-for-profit industrial complex grow through the incessant New Jim Crow.
The wealthy buy their way to success and buy their way out of trouble. See ‘affluenza‘,the disease everyone would like to have.
White privilege helps to get a call back for an interview, helps get executive level jobs through the ‘good ol’ boy’ network, helps get sales jobs due to a bias for a ‘non-threatening’ and familiar culture and phenotype; helps with renting housing (even though housing discrimination has been outlawed). In court, helps to get a lesser sentence or no sentence at all. For more, from the famous list, see Peggy McIntosh’s “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack”
Our communities give us a life with discrimination, disenfranchisement and some privileges. Intersectionality and Kyriarchy are about multiple forms of disrespect and disenfranchisement piling up on an individual.
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