Using a similar format to Paige and Bria’s (mostly because I’m still new to a lot of the terms, and also because acknowledging your privilege is an ongoing lesson), I’ve composed a list of privileges that I am accountable for, and that I experience on a day to day basis.
Ways in which I am privileged:
- When I pass as male, I also pass for white, so I experience both male and white privilege.
- I am white-passing. Because I am half-white (on my mother’s side) and half-Algerian (my father is a light-skinned North African), I often pass as white unless passing as female. Therefore, I experience passing privilege. (Passing privilege can also include gender, and not just race. I experience both kinds of passing privilege.)
- I experience (to some degree) cis privilege (because I am not trans*, I’m genderqueer, and can “pass” for both genders; again, passing privilege).
- I am dyadically sexed (I am not intersexed).
- I am physically abled.
- I am not d/Deaf, hard-of-hearing in only my left ear, and therefore exhibit hearing privilege. I am learning ASL, and up to this point had only used SEE.
- I experience USian/American privilege. (Also called Western privilege, but I prefer USian, because there is more to the West than the USA.)
- When I pass as male, I also am not easily recognisable as being Muslim, unless wearing a turban, a kufi, a keffiyeh, or a thobe/3abaya. So I also experience (to some extent) Christian privilege.
- When I pass for either male or female, I usually experience heterosexual privilege. As in, I am not out in my community for safety reasons, and therefore, people assume I am straight, and this benefits me.
- I would also note that at my current weight of 108, and a height of 5’5”, I experience size/thin privilege.
- Economically, I have no idea where we fall, but I’d guess my family falls into the lower range of middle class. There are two of us in uni, and one more will be joining us next Fall, and using a combination of loans and grants and our father’s paycheck, we manage. We’ve never been incredibly rich, but we are still fortunate, so I exhibit some class/social class privilege.
Privileges I sometimes experience:
- Christian privilege (see above)
- White privilege (see above)
- Male privilege (see above)
- Cis privilege (see above)
Times when I am not privileged:
- When I pass as female, I “lose” my male privilege, and also (since I wear the hijab when presenting femme) any semblance of Christian privilege (I am clearly read as Muslim) and white privilege (I have never been mistaken for being white when wearing the hijab).
- I am queer, but I still get read as heterosexual, so this isn’t so much of a “disprivilege” unless outed against my will.
- I do not experience neurotypical privilege, but I don’t talk about this much, as I do tire of people insisting on seeing my medical records/pill prescriptions/whatever.
If you feel I’ve missed anything, do not hesitate to correct me. (I realise it is not your job to do so, however.)
I will be filing this under my “Links of Import” on my tumblr, so that it can be easily found.