Check Your Privilege

Me and my friends were talking about feminism, when they mentioned about this quiz they had taken to check their privilege. Before you ask what ‘check your privilege’ means, here is a quote from The Guardian (http://www.theguardian.com/society/2013/jun/05/check-your-privilege-means):

It is a way of telling a person who is making a political point that they should remember they are speaking from a privileged position, because they are, for example, white, male, heterosexual, able-bodied or wealthy. It is, in other words, a sassy exhortation to acknowledge identity politics and intersectionality (the school of thought which says, for example, that different minorities experience oppression differently).

Basically, an acknowledgement that your perspective is not the only one and that other experiences may affect their views differently.

Amused by the fact that my (white cis male) friends had taken this quiz, I decided to take one myself. The site I used is: http://constructingequality.co.uk/quiz-check-privilege/

And here are the results I got:

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In case you can’t read the smaller text, its says: ‘You know what it’s like to have someone judge you on something irrelevant, but you also know when you’re winning. Whilst you haven’t had to overcome vast obstacles, you know enough to recognise discrimination when you see it and hold out a hand for those who face bigger challenges – go you!’

To me, I think ‘check your privilege’ is something that people should be doing anyway. It is basic empathy, and trying to help or empathise with those who are less fortunate is something I am always trying to do. Love and understanding is what is important here, we need only be kinder to each other to move closer to equality.

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