Saturday, 21 February 2015

How to Cling to Privilege and Look Like a Jerk

Religion, Gender, Sexuality, Ethnicity - these are all intrinsic identities from which one cannot separate oneself.

Racism, militant anti-theism, heterosexism, cissexism, sexism, ableism - these are attitudes. Parting with them might be painful, but it certainly will not shred the soul as would trying to shed part of one's own identity would.

Asking someone to accept the later, as though it were somehow an intrinsic aspect of someone's identity, while complaining that showing respect for the former is so PC as to be tiring is a form of privilege-clinging and is unacceptable.

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