In order to define my terms, I am going to use the definition of "privilege" I found from this site:
Privilege is a concept used in anti-racist, anti-sexist, and similar anti-oppression movements.The whole concept is thought provoking and I sincerely suggest reading the whole article, however what stands out in this post it "Privilege is a concept used in anti-racist, anti-sexist, and similar anti-oppression movements". Which means that if you want to align your ideology or argument with these ideals, throw out the "Check your privilege" card.
Anti-oppressionists use "privilege" to describe a set of perceived advantages (or lack of disadvantages) enjoyed by a majority group, who are usually unaware of the privilege they possess. It is a term of art that may not align particularly well with the general-use word "privilege" or the programming term "privilege".
Here's the diamond:
Link to post.
Unfortunately, the author never goes on to mention privilege once in her post which leads me to believe that she only wants the reader to think that she is being oppressed because of how films she has never been were cast. Here's the problem. If you have NEVER SEEN these films, how do you KNOW these films have the whitest, most heterosexual males?
- Independence Day - Will Smith, White heterosexual male? NO!
- Jurassic park - Laura Dern, White heterosexual male? NO!
- Terminator - Linda Hamilton, White heterosexual male? NO!
- Star Wars - Carrie Fisher, White heterosexual male? = NO!
- The Avengers - Scarlett Johansson, White heterosexual male? = NO!
Here's the deal, if you're going to lecture about "checking privilege", consider the following.
1. Mention why that term "check your privilege" is relevant at some point. Using it to support why nobody likes the same movies you do just demonstrates what a hallow, useless, and pretentious phrase "check your privilege" is.
2. Every person's experience is different than your own. You should try talking with them about your concerns rather than blaming the heterosexual males, an act which is ignorant and prejudice within itself.
3. You're not entitled to your opinions, your opinions are not to be taken as "truths" and it is not disrespectful to argue against you just because you decided to align yourself with being "anti-opressionist". Furthermore: To assert the existence of the right of an opinion is a failure to assert any justification for the opinion.