I realize people have a REALLY hard time with the concept of privilege. I mean, like so much so they refuse to even believe it exists. Which is ridiculous. I know it's hard for people to reach outside of their comfort bubble to acknowledge certain types of privilege because they feel their "life is so hard" and they "didn't have it easy". It does not matter how hard you work, or how hard your life is, you may benefit from certain types of privilege.
The most common ones that seem to affect the less educated people of the web are:
So basically, if you're a white, heterosexual, cis-gendered male, you're benefiting for a lot of common privilege. That's not a good thing in today's society. Privilege makes it where people who do not fall into that specific category are treated unfairly.
Example: Black people getting followed around store, opposed to their white counterparts being able to shop freely.
Example: Men earning a higher wage in the workforce opposed to their just as qualified female counterparts.
Example: Straight individuals getting to see their lifestyle represented in mass media and defined as the "norm" or not having your masculinity or femininity challenged because of your sexual orientation. My favorite, straight people don't have to think of their sexual orientation as a POLITICAL DEBATE!
Example: Cis-gender individuals don't have to choose which bathroom to use. Cis-gender people don't (usually) hear the incorrect pro nouns to define their gender. Cis Gender people do not have to worry about their gender/perceived gender during the search for housing, employment, finance, while traveling or seeking medical treatment, or voting.
Why am I writing this?
People keep getting caught up in the fact that they benefit from certain privilege but when they finally accept this fact, there are ways to combat it.
I personally benefit from male privilege, the ways I combat this is to actively participate in feminist discussion and fight for gender equality. I acknowledge I have this privilege and don't accept handouts based on my sex or gender.
The best way to combat privilege is to speak up and speak out against minority/social injustices. If you're a head of a company and you see that 80% of your workforce is male, look into it. If you are hanging out with your buddies and then use terms built to oppress any group of people, say something. If you find yourself in the bathroom with a trans individual, don't make them feel unwelcome. I can tell you right now they just want to pee and leave as quickly as possible.
This is all I'm asking. I'm not saying quit your job, and turn gay, or become friends with a trans person or hire women over men. I'm asking you to ACKNOWLEDGE your privileges. We can't hope to have an equal America without it.
How do you combat your social privilege?