Privilege (Quadruple Participation)

First answer each of these questions and there are several discussion below.  This is worth Participation x 4

Air travel is relatively easy for you.

  1. Yes
  2. NO

Public access to buildings, parks, restaurants etc. is easy for you (this especially applies in small towns wherein handicap access may be limited).

  1. YES
  2. NO

You can use public facilities such as gym locker rooms and store changing rooms without stares, fear, or anxiety.

  1. Yes
  2. No

You have the ability to walk through the world and generally blend-in, not being constantly stared or gawked at, whispered about, pointed at, or laughed at because of your gender expression.

  1. Yes
  2. No

If you are murdered (or have any crime committed against you), your gender expression will not be used as a justification for your murder (“gay panic”) nor as a reason to coddle the perpetrators.

  1. Yes
  2. NO

Sending out a resume and not worry if you need to change name to actually get a response

  1. Yes
  2. NO

Have you ever tried to change you appearance, mannerisms, or behavior to avoid being judged or ridiculed, take one step back

  1. Yes
  2. NO

I can be as “promiscuous” as I want and not be labeled a “slut” or “whore”.

  1. YES
  2. NO

I grew up in a house with _________ books

  1. Less than 5
  2. 20-70
  3. 100-500
  4. More than 500

My family has always had health insurance

  1. YES
  2. NO

I was the first person to attend college in my family

  1. YES
  2. NO

Have you ever discouraged from academic major or a job because of race, class, gender, or sexual orientation.

  1. YES
  2. No

Were ever encouraged to attend a college by a teacher or school counselor

  1. YES
  2. No

Were ever discouraged to attend a college by a teacher or school counselor

  1. YES
  2. No

Did you have military recruiter hold an event at your high school

  1. YES
  2. No

Prior to age 18, you took ______ vacations out of the country

  1. None
  2. 1-2
  3. 3-5
  4. 6-8
  5. More 8

Have you ever assumed to be an athlete because of your race or gender

  1. YES
  2. No

Have you ever been followed in a store because of your race

  1. YES
  2. No

You are able to buy hair products locally

  1. YES
  2. No

Growing up, you lived within ______ mile(s) of a full service super market

  1. 1
  2. 2-3
  3. 3-4
  4. More than 5

You have the ability to not be profiled on the street as a sex worker because of your gender expression.

  1. YES
  2. No

You are not required to undergo an extensive psychological evaluation

  1. YES
  2. No

You are able to walk in bathroom without fear of harassment

  1. YES
  2. No

You are able to go to friends house and not have to worry if there are steps

  1. YES
  2. No

Sending out a resume and not worry if you need to change name to actually get a response

  1. YES
  2. No

You can go on Twitter and into comment section, and will likely not have to deal with SLURS directed at you

  1. YES
  2. No

We have discussed privilege for several days over the last few weeks.  I know this can be challenging, I would like to discuss below: 1) your reactions to these questions and others; 2) your reactions to those privileges, both seen and unseen, especially those not discussed; confronted each and every day; 3) how this might impact how you walk around campus, how you consume media, how you look at the world; and 4) why this matters.  lastly, how can one disrupt these privileges

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5 comments

  1. Air travel is relatively easy for you. YES. Public access to buildings, parks, restaurants etc. is easy for you (this especially applies in small towns wherein handicap access may be limited). YES. You can use public facilities such as gym locker rooms and store changing rooms without stares, fear, or anxiety. Yes. You have the ability to walk through the world and generally blend-in, not being constantly stared or gawked at, whispered about, pointed at, or laughed at because of your gender expression. Yes.
    If you are murdered (or have any crime committed against you), your gender expression will not be used as a justification for your murder (“gay panic”) nor as a reason to coddle the perpetrators. NO.
    Sending out a resume and not worry if you need to change name to actually get a response. Yes. Have you ever tried to change you appearance, mannerisms, or behavior to avoid being judged or ridiculed, take one step back. NO. I can be as “promiscuous” as I want and not be labeled a “slut” or “whore”. NO. I grew up in a house with _________ books. 100-500. My family has always had health insurance. YES. I was the first person to attend college in my family. NO. Have you ever discouraged from academic major or a job because of race, class, gender, or sexual orientation. No.
    Were ever encouraged to attend a college by a teacher or school counselor. YES. Were ever discouraged to attend a college by a teacher or school counselor. No. Did you have military recruiter hold an event at your high school. YES. Prior to age 18, you took ______ vacations out of the country.
    More 8. Have you ever assumed to be an athlete because of your race or gender. No. Have you ever been followed in a store because of your race.
    No. You are able to buy hair products locally. YES. Growing up, you lived within ______ mile(s) of a full service super market. 1. You have the ability to not be profiled on the street as a sex worker because of your gender expression.YES. You are not required to undergo an extensive psychological evaluation. No. You are able to walk in bathroom without fear of harassment. YES. You are able to go to friends house and not have to worry if there are steps. YES. Sending out a resume and not worry if you need to change name to actually get a response. YES. You can go on Twitter and into comment section, and will likely not have to deal with SLURS directed at you. YES. I honestly did not have a problem answering these question, which makes me feel bad because I know others do have problems answering these types of questions. I could see how these questions could be perceived as very personal. These questions directly can prove whether you are privileged or not. I will always treat everyone as equal because I do not think that one person is more superior than another. You can disrupt privilege by not treating people differently.

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  2. 1. I honestly do not have much of a reaction to these questions because for me none of them are really an issue to me personally. If anything my reaction is just plainly realization because it just is not something you think about everyday, and while you read and answer these questions you realize that some (many) actually do deal with this every single day and it makes you want to help make a difference. 2. My reaction to the privileges is just guilt and shock. As i said above, when these problems dont directly correlate with your life its hard to pay much attention to it, but readings like this change that. Its not fair for any kid to have less opportunity and less support just for how they look or believe or live their life. 3. This can change how i go about my everyday life by instead of being self absorbed rushing from point A to point B, take time to slow down the day and be observant and see if you can notice any wrong doing going on and help establish a change. It will also make me more apparent to the situation and keep myself from ever doing anything like flew my privilege in a wrong or demeaning way. 4. This matters becasue just like colorblind racism, you cannot ignore it and pretend its not real, you have to realize it exists and is a real issue and actively try and alter they way of thinking and using this privilege in negative ways. Like i said above you can go about fixing it by just being more observant and when noticing it stand up and use your privilege for good. Once people see others doing that, it will catch on and slowly but surely the mindsets will begin to change.

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  3. Air travel is relatively easy for you.
    Yes
    Public access to buildings, parks, restaurants etc. is easy for you (this especially applies in small towns wherein handicap access may be limited).
    YES
    You can use public facilities such as gym locker rooms and store changing rooms without stares, fear, or anxiety.
    Yes
    You have the ability to walk through the world and generally blend-in, not being constantly stared or gawked at, whispered about, pointed at, or laughed at because of your gender expression.
    Yes
    If you are murdered (or have any crime committed against you), your gender expression will not be used as a justification for your murder (“gay panic”) nor as a reason to coddle the perpetrators.
    NO
    Sending out a resume and not worry if you need to change name to actually get a response
    Yes
    Have you ever tried to change you appearance, mannerisms, or behavior to avoid being judged or ridiculed, take one step back
    Yes
    I can be as “promiscuous” as I want and not be labeled a “slut” or “whore”.
    YES
    I grew up in a house with _________ books
    100-500
    My family has always had health insurance
    YES
    I was the first person to attend college in my family
    NO
    Have you ever discouraged from academic major or a job because of race, class, gender, or sexual orientation.
    No
    Were ever encouraged to attend a college by a teacher or school counselor
    YES
    Were ever discouraged to attend a college by a teacher or school counselor
    No
    Did you have military recruiter hold an event at your high school
    YES
    Prior to age 18, you took ______ vacations out of the country
    1-2
    Have you ever assumed to be an athlete because of your race or gender
    YES
    Have you ever been followed in a store because of your race
    YES
    You are able to buy hair products locally
    YES
    Growing up, you lived within ______ mile(s) of a full service super market
    1
    You have the ability to not be profiled on the street as a sex worker because of your gender expression.
    YES
    You are not required to undergo an extensive psychological evaluation
    YES
    You are able to walk in bathroom without fear of harassment
    YES
    You are able to go to friend’s house and not have to worry if there are steps
    No
    Sending out a resume and not worry if you need to change name to actually get a response
    YES
    You can go on Twitter and into comment section, and will likely not have to deal with SLURS directed at you
    YES

    My reaction to these questions is one of shock. I had no clue how many privileges I actually possess. For many of these questions I was able to say that I can do most things without fear of harassment or judgement. I know that there are a large amount of people out there that do not have the same privileges. One of the privileges that I did not see before was the one that I possess as it pertains to attending college. I never really realized that everyone does not have the same privileges and opportunities when it comes to college. This does impact the way I walk around campus and how I look at media and the world. Now that I am competent about all of the privileges that I have, I will now be more aware of those that others do not have and judgement will most likely not be done. This competence matters because I will be able to help those who do not have the same types of privileges. As depicted in the video that we watched in class, the women was competent that her perceived whiteness gave her privileges when it came to writing checks and she proceeded to come to the defense of her sister-in-law when she was denied the same privilege. By calling people out on their judgment and their taking advantage of the privileges available to them, one can disrupt these privileges by showing these people the inequality that is present in our society. By not taking action against these privileges, we are allowing many of our citizens to think that we live in a colorblind society and that everyone have the same opportunities.

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  4. Air travel is relatively easy for you.
    NO
    Public access to buildings, parks, restaurants etc. is easy for you (this especially applies in small towns wherein handicap access may be limited).
    YES
    You can use public facilities such as gym locker rooms and store changing rooms without stares, fear, or anxiety.
    Yes
    You have the ability to walk through the world and generally blend-in, not being constantly stared or gawked at, whispered about, pointed at, or laughed at because of your gender expression.
    Yes
    If you are murdered (or have any crime committed against you), your gender expression will not be used as a justification for your murder (“gay panic”) nor as a reason to coddle the perpetrators.
    NO
    Sending out a resume and not worry if you need to change name to actually get a response
    1.Yes/NO
    Have you ever tried to change you appearance, mannerisms, or behavior to avoid being judged or ridiculed, take one step back
    NO
    I can be as “promiscuous” as I want and not be labeled a “slut” or “whore”.
    NO
    I grew up in a house with _________ books
    Less than 5
    My family has always had health insurance
    NO
    I was the first person to attend college in my family
    YES
    Have you ever discouraged from academic major or a job because of race, class, gender, or sexual orientation.
    Yes
    Were ever encouraged to attend a college by a teacher or school counselor
    YES
    Were ever discouraged to attend a college by a teacher or school counselor
    No
    Did you have military recruiter hold an event at your high school
    Yes
    Prior to age 18, you took ______ vacations out of the country
    None
    Have you ever assumed to be an athlete because of your race or gender
    No
    Have you ever been followed in a store because of your race
    No
    You are able to buy hair products locally
    YES
    Growing up, you lived within ______ mile(s) of a full service super market
    2-3
    You have the ability to not be profiled on the street as a sex worker because of your gender expression.
    YES
    You are not required to undergo an extensive psychological evaluation
    YES
    You are able to walk in bathroom without fear of harassment
    YES
    You are able to go to friends house and not have to worry if there are steps
    No
    Sending out a resume and not worry if you need to change name to actually get a response
    YES
    You can go on Twitter and into comment section, and will likely not have to deal with SLURS directed at you
    No

    When I answer all those question’s and saw the comments of my fellow classmates saying they were shock , to learn that they have a lot of privileges. Well I wasn’t shock from my answers, since I was small I knew what privileges me and my family had, and they weren’t many. Both my parents still don’t have insurance to this day, and its very hard for when they get sick they go to the hospital and get charge so much for just a check up. Even myself when I turn 19. And I see it ,Still unfair, I remember asking my mom why, why do they treat us like that , and she would just say Those are the rules. But I believe we can change that. So those who have those privileges think if you didn’t have those privileges, living always in fear. SO DO Good with those privileges.

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  5. Air travel is relatively easy for you.
    Yes
    Public access to buildings, parks, restaurants etc. is easy for you (this especially applies in small towns wherein handicap access may be limited).
    YES
    You can use public facilities such as gym locker rooms and store changing rooms without stares, fear, or anxiety.
    Yes
    You have the ability to walk through the world and generally blend-in, not being constantly stared or gawked at, whispered about, pointed at, or laughed at because of your gender expression.
    No
    If you are murdered (or have any crime committed against you), your gender expression will not be used as a justification for your murder (“gay panic”) nor as a reason to coddle the perpetrators.
    Yes
    Sending out a resume and not worry if you need to change name to actually get a response
    Yes
    Have you ever tried to change you appearance, mannerisms, or behavior to avoid being judged or ridiculed, take one step back
    Yes
    I can be as “promiscuous” as I want and not be labeled a “slut” or “whore”.
    YES
    I grew up in a house with _________ books
    100-500
    My family has always had health insurance
    YES
    I was the first person to attend college in my family
    NO
    Have you ever discouraged from academic major or a job because of race, class, gender, or sexual orientation.
    No
    Were ever encouraged to attend a college by a teacher or school counselor
    YES
    Were ever discouraged to attend a college by a teacher or school counselor
    No
    Did you have military recruiter hold an event at your high school
    YES
    Prior to age 18, you took ______ vacations out of the country
    None
    Have you ever assumed to be an athlete because of your race or gender
    No
    Have you ever been followed in a store because of your race
    No
    You are able to buy hair products locally
    YES
    Growing up, you lived within ______ mile(s) of a full service super market
    2-3
    You have the ability to not be profiled on the street as a sex worker because of your gender expression.
    YES
    You are not required to undergo an extensive psychological evaluation
    YES
    You are able to walk in bathroom without fear of harassment
    YES
    You are able to go to friends house and not have to worry if there are steps
    YES
    Sending out a resume and not worry if you need to change name to actually get a response
    YES
    You can go on Twitter and into comment section, and will likely not have to deal with SLURS directed at you
    YES
    These Questions made me realize how much opportunities I really do have in life compared to others. This makes me realize how grateful I should be when it comes to opportunities. Some of these privileges make me realize how easy I have it compared to others. For example, when one of the questions said “You have the ability to walk through the world and generally blend-in, not being constantly stared or gawked at, whispered about, pointed at, or laughed at because of your gender expression.” and I said yes. Some people said no and that makes me sad that some people can’t walk through this world without being constantly stared at or judged. This is going to change how I walk around campus by trying not to be so quick to judge because I am guilty of that. Some people have it a lot harder than others and I need to realize that more often. This doesn’t change the way I look at the world because I know that people have less privilege than other people because of race or gender, which is sad. This matters because today people shouldn’t be discriminated or looked at differently just because of their race or gender. Everybody should be treated equally no matter what. You can disrupt these privileges by realizing you have these privileges and being grateful for having them. If you don’t have some of these privileges you just got to keep your head held high and not let anything bring you down.

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