Nugget of Awesome: I wouldn’t mind losing my privileges if it meant other people were treated the same way as I am

Yep. [Those opponents of Social Justice activism within atheist/skeptical groups] basically deny the effects of society on freedom of action. That way, they can feel successful all on their own, rather than recognize their success is due in part to privilege.

I think some of them have a problem with understanding privilege. I have a ton of privileges, and I wouldn’t mind losing them if it meant other people were treated the same way as I am. I like that I don’t worry about being beaten for my sexuality by bigots. I like that I don’t worry about being pulled over by a cop because my skin color. I like that I don’t have to be worried about being under paid because of my gender and race. I like that I don’t worry about people attacking me for finding out that my sex at birth and gender match. I like that I don’t worry about a bunch of people making laws over what goes on in my body. I like that I can speak out and not worry about being physically assaulted due to my size and gender.

These are all types of privileges. And I think they are so great that I want to see them extended to everyone. That’s what equality means to me. That’s why feminism is important. That’s what it is important to talk about race and gay rights, and the effects of transphobia, and every bit of social justice. I don’t want to lose these protections I have, I want them to be extended to everyone else.

And some of these are legal issues, like the racial profiling, gay rights, trans rights, a woman’s right to her own body. But many are social issues that can only be addressed by examining our society and taking action.

It is one thing to be [oblivious] to it because of ignorance. It is another to attack people who point it out as a means to keep being [oblivious].

Comment quoted from a Social Justice discussion last week on Pharyngula as part of the ongoing Deep Rifts™.

Categories: ethics & philosophy, gender & feminism, social justice

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3 replies

  1. That is absolutely a Nugget of Awesome!

  2. Oh I like that so!

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