I’ve been told, several times to check my privilige. A blogger I am following, transgender and nice person all around, has checked her privilige using this checklist and so have I.
“I am white” Yes, I am.
“I have never been discriminated against because of my skin color.” yes, I have, I’ve been told that because I’m white I’m irrelevant.
“I have never been the only person of my race in a room” Yes, I have.
“I have never been mocked for my accent” Yes, I have. my dialect is not well appreciated in other parts of the country.
“I have never been told I am attractive for my race” No.
“I have never been a victim of violence because of my race” No
“I have never been called a racial slur” Does whitey, cracker or marshmallow count? Or are those concidered to be pet names?
“I have never been told I ‘sound white'” I am white, how do I sound?
“A stranger has never asked to touch my hair, or asked if it was real” Nope.
“I am heterosexual” Nope.
“I have never lied about my sexuality” Yes I have.
“I never had to come out” I have had to come out.
“I never doubted my parents’ acceptance of my sexuality” Never, my parents are awesome.
“I have never been called ‘fag'” Wrong gender.
“I have never been called ‘dyke'” Several times.
“I have never been called ‘fairy’ or other derogatory slur for homosexuals” Again with dyke, rugmuncher etc. etc.
“I have never tried to hide my sexuality” I did, before.
“I am always comfortable with P.D.A. with my partner in public” I used to be very squeamish
“I have never pretended to be ‘just friends’ with my significent other” Once.
“I have never been ostracized from my religion for my sexual orientation” I turned Atheist for a reason.
“I have never been told I would ‘burn in Hell’ for my sexual orientation”. Every day in the media.
“I have never been told my sexuality was ‘just a phase'” Not by people that matter at any rate.
“I have never been violently threatened because of my sexuality” Never face to face, luckily.
“I am a man” Nope
“I feel comfortable in the gender I was born as” Partially.
“I still identify as the gender I was born in” Yes.
“I have never tried to change my gender” No.
“I have never been denied an opportunity because of my gender” Not explicitly enough to where I can mention it as a certain fact.
“I make more money than my professional counterparts of a different gender” Nope.
“I have never felt unsafe because of my gender” Several times.
“I have never been catcalled” Not often.
“I have never been sexually harassed or assaulted” Yes, I have. Harrassed at any rate.
“I have never been raped” Nope.
“I work in a salaried job” Nope.
“My family has never lived below the poverty line” I know my parents sometimes had ends that needed meeting, but I don’t think we were ever below the poverty line methinks.
“I don’t have any student loans” Yes, shit tones.
“I have never gone to bed hungry” Yes, but never due to lack of food.
“I have never been homeless” My parents saved my ass when my ex kicked me out.
“My parents pay some of my bills” Yes, they do.
“My parents pay all of my bills” No, they don’t.
“I don’t rely on public transportation” No, I don’t.
“I buy new clothes at least once a month” No.
“I have never done my taxes myself” Yes I have.
“I have never felt poor” Of course I have.
“I have never had to worry about making rent” Yes I have,
“I have never worked as a waiter, barista, bartender or salesperson” I still do.
“I have had an unpaid internship” No.
“I have had multiple unpaid internships” No
“I went to summer camp”Scout camps, do those count?
“I went to private school” Nope.
“I graduated high school” Yep.
“I went to an elite college” Lol, what have you been smoking?
“I graduated college” Yes, I have a BA.
“My parents paid (at least some of) my tution” Nope.
“I had a car in high school” Yes.
“I’ve never had a roommate” Several.
“I’ve always had cable” Nope.
“I have travelled internationally” Yes, but living in Norway that’s hard to avoid.
“I have travelled internationally at least once a year” Hahahaha, no.
“I studied abroad” No.
“I’ve never skipped a meal to save money” Yes.
“I don’t know what ‘Sallie Mae’ is” Nope. I don’t live in America.
“I spent Spring Break abroad” Nope.
“I have frequent flier miles” Nope.
“My parents are heterosexual” I assume so.
“My parents are both alive” Yep.
“My parents are still married” Yep.
“I do not have any physical disabilities” Asthma?
“I do not have any social disabilities” Social anxiety ftw.
“I do not have any learning disabilities” Nope.
“I have never had an eating dissorder” What is a disorder?
“I have never been depressed” Am. Currently.
“I have never considered suicide” Of course I have.
“I have never attemped suicide” Does actively taking risks count?
“I have never taken medication for mye mental health” Nope.
“I can afford medication if/when I need it” Sometimes.
“I have never been told that I’m overweight or ‘too skinny'” Bitch too fat.
“I have never felt overweight or underweight or ‘too skinny'” Bitch too fat.
“I have never been shamed for my bodytype” Yes I have.
“I consider myself to be physical attractive” That depends on my mental state.
“I can afford a therapist” I don’t know.
“I’ve used prescription drugs recreationally” I have.
“I have never had an addiction” I have several.
“I have never been shamed for my religious beliefs” Of course I have.
“I have never been threatened violently for my religious beliefs” Only online.
“I have never been violently attacked for my religious beliefs” Nope.
“There is a place of worship for my religion in my town” Nope.
“I have never lied about my ethnicity as self-defense” Nope.
“I have never lied about my religion as self-defense” Yes, when I believed in Jesus.
“All my jobs have been accommodating of my religious practices” They never knew.
“I am not nervous in airport security lines” Aren’t everyone?
“I have never heard the statement ‘You have been randomly selected for secondary passport control'” Nope.
“I have never been called a terrorist” Nope
“Nobody has ever tried to ‘save’ me for my religious beliefs” Often.
“I have never been cyber-bullied for any of my identities” Of course I have.
“I was not bullied as a child for any of my identities” Yes I was. Tomboy.
“I have never tried to distance myself from any of my identities” I have tried to be more feminine.
“I have never been self-concious about any of my identities” Of course I feel self concious when the people around me keep expecting femininity.
“I have never questioned any of my identities” No.
“I feel privileged because of the identities I was born with” Idunno, does this sound priviliged? And if yes, how many of the criteria that weren’t my fault, such as my parents being alive (yay), my parents being married (yay), or perhaps the country I was raised in is my fault? How does any of this invalidate my opinion? And I notice they never said shit about my ethnicity, because I get shit every time there’s a school shooting in America I get shit because my dad is from the US… or when they make stupid elections and shit. Oh, and my mother is from an island community on the west coast. Inbred jokes much?
Yay. I am so priviliged. Now give me my avocadoes.