Ah yes. That wonderful word that everyone seems to want to bring up, when they want to silence others. My favorite statement to hear, “Check your privilege,” has been coming to my attention a lot, lately. For now, I will save my favorite retort. Though don’t think it will not make an appearance before the end of this.
So let’s talk about privilege. Let’s talk honestly about it. Miriam-Webster defines it as thus: a right or immunity granted as a peculiar benefit, advantage, or favor : prerogative; especially : such a right or immunity attached specifically to a position or an office.
Now feminists will have you believe that privilege is something you are born with. Even if I was inclined to agree with this, which I am not, it speaks volumes about how entitled people act when they say someone is privileged based upon circumstances of birth. I would even call it jealousy. But for now, let’s debunk this idea.
Feminists, and others who buy into the oppressor/oppressed paradigm, will have you believe that someone is privileged, just because of certain things. And the way they present it, really is convincing. If you don’t think about it.
Now, as someone who has known numerous people of varying descents, ability, and everything else that people use to divide humanity up, I can say every one has a uniqueness to bring to life. However, feminists (from here on out, I am just going to say feminists, instead of bringing up everyone who believes in the oppressor/oppressed paradigm, because it was mainly feminists who brought it to the front of our consciousness) will have you believe that you can be oppressed and still privileged. Like it’s a race to see who can have the most victim status.
Setting aside that trying to have the greatest victim status just makes you look like a child (for now), let me point to someone who feminists would say is privileged, but most average people would disagree. Meet Sean Stephenson.
This man, who has been called the three foot giant, is a lot of things. But one thing he isn’t is privileged. However, feminists would call him such, just because he’s a white male.
This man got to where he is, because he did something very few others are willing to do: He fought to prove he can do what everyone said he can’t. He isn’t privileged. He’s determined. He shows a strength of character that very few people in this world are willing to show. Remember what Marianne Williamson said, in Our Greatest Fear:
Our Greatest Fear —Marianne Williamson
it is our light not our darkness that most frightens us
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light not our darkness that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small does not serve the world.
There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.
We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear,
Our presence automatically liberates others.
This is what buying into the oppressor/oppressed paradigm does: It creates more of the disconnection from other human beings, that is needed to perpetuate an us vs. them ideology. In other words, this perpetuates a large portion of the same sexism, racism, transphobia, etc. that feminism says it’s trying to get rid of.
Let me repeat that for those of you who didn’t hear it the first time (Those of you who don’t want to hear it, run to the back of the room, plug your ears, and continue being afraid): The oppressor/oppressed paradigm is what perpetuates a large portion of the things that feminism claims to be working against, by what has been referred to as “reverse” sexism/racism/etc. The problem is, it’s still sexism, racism, etc.
There is an old saying: “An eye for an eye, makes the world blind.” And that is exactly what this is doing. It is creating more of the same, in order to perpetually keep people from striving to create an amazing world.
Because, as soon as people realize that feminism is a fraud, a large percentage of con artists will be out of work. Well, semi-legitimate work, anyway.
Oh, and look here. At the end of the article and I never once said “Suck my privilege.” Damn! I was hoping to work it in, at least once. Oh well, maybe next time.
Miriam Webster Definition of Privilege:
Sean Stephenson Website bio:
Our Greatest Fear: http://explorersfoundation.org/glyphery/122.html