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 Post subject: Check Your Privilege
PostPosted: Fri May 02, 2014 11:01 pm 
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What do you guys think?

http://time.com/85933/why-ill-never-apo ... privilege/

http://dailyprincetonian.com/opinion/20 ... lly-means/



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 Post subject: Re: Check Your Privilege
PostPosted: Fri May 02, 2014 11:14 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: Check Your Privilege
PostPosted: Fri May 02, 2014 11:25 pm 
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It's basically obfuscated ****-measuring. It exists, certainly, but in my hubristic opinion when people start nitpicking privilege the debate has usually vanished and has been replaced with stupid, aimless bitching. It also doesn't help that the phrase has been used by people as an excuse to be an ******* so it's really easy to have a knee-jerk objection to it.


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 Post subject: Re: Check Your Privilege
PostPosted: Fri May 02, 2014 11:38 pm 
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Both articles are pretty bad. The first author is pretty loony but has a few points in his favor, and the second denies the first's complaints by denying that the phrase "check your privilege" isn't used so commonly in a way that it shouldn't be used.

As I understand it, privilege is a sociological term that's used to describe the typical advantages that different groups have in a given society. It is not farfetched to say that in the US, white people have greater privilege than black people, because overall people have been shown to respond to skin colors differently, and because history has shown that as well. Sociology is in charge of studying groups, outliers be damned, so it makes enough sense to say that much about which of those two groups has more privilege.

What's unfortunate is that a lot of Tumblrs like to misuse the idea of privilege as a personal insult, up there with typing **** YOU or calling somebody a *phobe. Privilege seems to have no real application to any individual, and a lot of people who talk about it in regard to individuals just use it to reinforce their own prejudices. Outside of a sociological context the word loses its cool meaning and just kills an argument. That's the sort of behavior that I expect the loony in the first article was addressing, and that the loony in the second article appeared to be ignoring.


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 Post subject: Re: Check Your Privilege
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I think that the phrase "check your privilege" is such a monumentally obtuse evasion of responding to any actual points brought up in a discussion that it doesn't warrant responding to. Stating that because someone is privileged that any statements they make about the underprivileged is inherently invalid is a dodge and a discussion killer. The first person exhibits an alarming idealism about the lack of racism in the United States and the second completely misrepresents how the phrase is used as some kind of prompt for introspection.


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From what I've seen, I don't see how anyone can imagine that the phrase is commonly used as a call for introspection.



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I resolved the issue by not reading the articles.


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That's because your male *** is so privileged you don't even have to try. Society just hands you every damn thing you could possibly want regardless of whether or not you deserve it because you don't because you're male. *******.



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The above was me attempting to use male privilege against someone in an argument. I should use it more often; invoking societal injustice is a great way to get away with being a ****.



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