What does the concept of “privilege” mean to you? Define it first, then use concrete examples or anecdotes to illustrate your definition.
DISCLAIMER: This post was written as part of academic coursework for Contemporary Global Stages (THEA 0825) at the University of Pittsburgh in Spring…
I really like what Rocky did with this post, by highlighting different examples of privilege within American pop culture. However, his goal of defining how privilege and favoritism was what really struck me. I think in my mind, favoritism and privilege go together but function differently. Favoritism can be determined in a multitude of ways, and emphasizes that the favored group consciously benefits from the act of favoritism. I think privilege often falls upon people due to race, gender, and financial circumstance. People benefit and suffer respectively from privilege, but I think it is not as conscious of an effort. I think privilege can come from social constructs that may or may not still be relevant.
In this post, Rocky responded to backlash about Macklemore speaking for gay rights. Macklemore receives this backlash because of his privilege as a straight white male, something that appears to be out of his control. This is not to say that Macklemore does not have the right to speak on this issue, but because of his privilege, his opinion is weighed differently. This just leads me to think that maybe our perception of privilege is skewed. Not only because of the inequality facing those unprivileged, but also because of the creation of tension between social/racial/gender/etc. groups.
A. If you could get away with one murder in your lifetime without any legal, social, or emotional repercussions, would you kill someone?
B. What is your first thought when you receive a message on Tumblr, are you excited for the idea of someone from potentially the other side of the world wanting to talk to you or fearful that someone will criticize you?
C. Have you ever looked down on someone because you thought your religious views were superior?
D. Would you rather know everything the universe has to offer but in exchange lose all emotions or remain the way you are now?
E. If you could live and be healthy without sleeping or eating/drinking, which would you cut out of your life?
F. If you could take on the exact body and form of anyone else on Earth, who would it be?
G. Would you rather burn or freeze to death?
H. If it meant it would solve all world hunger, war, disease and bigotry, would you spend the rest of eternity in Hell?
I. Was the first crush in your life something you had or something someone had on you?
J. Could you live without having sex ever (again) in exchange for eternal youth?
K. Have you ever watched a full length pornographic movie?
L. The Beatles or The Rolling Stones?
M. If you could have the ability to manipulate matter or energy, which would you choose?
N. What was the worst nightmare you ever had?
O. Would you rather spend one year with your one true love just to never see them again or the rest of your life with second best?
P. All the sequels/remakes/adaptations/rip-offs in movies nowadays, good or bad?
Q. Would you rather be dirt poor and emotionally fulfilled in life or be rich beyond imagination and emotionally dissatisfied for life?
R. Do you have any (secret) feelings of bigotry to any group of people?
S. Would you rather be the only person in the world that can read minds or have everyone else in the world be able to read minds except for your own?
T. If everyone in the world would automatically only know one language, which language would you choose?
U. If you were old enough and not in a situation where it would be inappropriate, would you sleep with one of your (past) school teachers/professors?
V. A world without religion, good, bad, neutral?
W. The men's rights movement, legitimate cause or laughable, and why?
X. You can eliminate one of your five senses to substantially strengthen the others, which one and would you do it?
Y. Do looks mean anything to you? Don't lie, could you fall in love with someone you thought was ugly?
Z. Can you understand the mindset and logic used by the opposite spiritual opinion? An atheist understanding the belief in a higher power and vice versa.
Would be awesome to receive some of these in my ask box.