Privilege

A special right, advantage, or immunity granted or available only to a particular person or group.

Privilege is essentially the opposite of oppression. In feminist discussion we often talk about male privilege, meaning that men and boys do not face the same struggles as women such as sexism and gender-based discrimination. It can also be used to refer to white privilege, cis privilege* (see cisgender definition), able bodied privilege, heterosexual privilege* (see heteronormative definition), class privilege, and more. If asked to consider your own privilege, try not to see it as an attack or an insult, but an opportunity to understand how you may have benefited from your own identity and experiences and how not everyone has had the same experiences as you. It can be easy to underestimate the oppression that others suffer if you have not experienced it, so try and be mindful of this.

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