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Check Your Privilege

Here at M{y}na we ask that all our contributors, guest bloggers, and commenters (that means you!) to “check your privilege” at the door.  And it won’t cost the €2 that the coat check dude normally asks for.  We begin our discussions/posts from a point acknowledging the institutional and systemic advantages given to dominant and normative groups.   White, Cis, Hetero, Able-Bodied, Class, Gender & Regional privilege does exist.  Those of us in dominant groups receive benefits from simply belonging, regardless of whether we seek the advantages or not.

M{y}na holds that only in acknowledging our personal privileges and fostering awareness of our un-earned benefits will we be able to truly listen to each other, facilitate change in our lives and thus free ourselves, and stand in solidarity with oppressed groups.

So! When are you going to post a comment, please consider your own privilege in the article’s context.  For example, if we are writing about the difficulties faced by working immigrants in Ireland and you are an Irish citizen, consider  the benefits you receive simply by being born here, before you write your response.  Now we don’t want to brow beat, we aren’t asking for a lengthy guilt-ridden inner monologue!  Before posting, simply take 1 minute to consider your personal context of privilege.  If you’ve done that, and so are aware and mindful, post away!

p.s. It is not the responsibility of oppressed people to educate you.  That is YOUR responsibility!

If this is the first time you’ve encountered dominant privilege theory please read the following articles/posts before commenting. Our comments are moderated and we will call you out if any comments clearly haven’t been ‘unpacked’ yet, and we will delete them if there is no change!

A Primer on Privilege: What it is, and what it isn’t by brown_betty

White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack by Peggy MacIntosh

FAQ: What is Male Privilege? by Finally, A Feminism 101 Blog

How to Check Your CisPrivilege by Questioning Transphobia

New! Why I Hate Filling Out Forms by QueenEmily via Feministe

Able-bodied Privilege Checklist

Daily Effects of Straight Privilege by straight-identified students at Earlham College


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