29 May '14, 6pm

New Post: "Why it’s so hard to talk about privilege (and how I’m checking my own)"

(Note: Look for my reflection on the lectionary tomorrow. Ascension week is hard; I’m struggling with this one!) It’s hard to talk about privilege because it’s human nature to focus on the ways in which we are disadvantaged, not the ways in which we are advantaged. Let’s face it. Most of us like to think of ourselves as the scrappy, beleaguered underdog for whom success is the result of hard work and a strong will to beat the odds. But privilege is relative to context, and we forget that to our own peril (or, more likely, the peril of others). This phenomenon is easy for me to spot in others: It can be frustrating to try and talk about privilege with conservative evangelicals, for example, because many see changes in public opinion regarding things like marriage equality or feminism as indicative of their waning influence, and so they count themselves among the disadvantag...

Full article: http://rachelheldevans.com/blog/online-privilege

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