Privilege

Benefits a person automatically receives from being (or perceived as being) a part of a dominant cultural identity. This can include, but is not limited to, gender (male privilege), race/ethnicity (white privilege), disability (able-bodied privilege), body (thin privilege).

An example of privilege is heterosexual privilege, defined as “Benefits derived automatically by being (or being perceived as) heterosexual that are denied to gays, lesbians, bisexuals, queers and all other non-heterosexual sexual orientations” (Gender Equality Resource Center).

For more information on privilege (specifically white privilege), see Peggy McIntosh’s article “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack

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