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Privilege

  • Mary E. Hunt

Abstract

Whatever your age, gender, race, socioeconomic class, sexual orientation, religion, physical ability status, or ethnicity, it is important to remember that while in some cases these ways of classifying ourselves leave us open to oppression, we also benefit from privilege, both within these classifications and from our status as part of the academic world. We often tend to notice the ways in which we are disadvantaged and ignore the power we have. Therefore, it is also important to recognize that there are situations where, for example, whiteness gives white women the edge over African American, Asian, Latino, and Native American men and women, or Christian hegemony brings Christian women closer to the centers of power than their Muslim, Jewish, Hindu, or Buddhist sisters or brothers. Rather than simply feeling discomfort about that privilege, we can use it well by paying attention to it, and calling attention to it whenever possible to move toward a time when it is shared.

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© Mary E. Hunt 2004

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