I think we need to stop with this race, gender, sexuality privilege bullshit. Because, just like racism, sexism, homophobia, etc. it’s forcing guilt onto people for how they were born.
It’s not that guy’s fault he was born a middle class, heterosexual white male. Don’t get mad…
I call bullshit on SO many levels. No, you shouldn’t hate “that guy” for the way he was born, but the issue here isn’t that sexism, racism, transphobia, and homophobia “place guilt on people” or “make them feel like shit.” That Guy will not be dismissed as an “uppity bitch” for asking for the raise he deserves. That Guy has the right to marry the woman he loves, and they know that they will be allowed to have children. If they choose to adopt, they will not be denied a child. That Guy cannot be fired because of who he’s dating or his gender identity. The law is on That Guy’s side if he is attacked and beaten. That Guy is accepted as a whole person.
Yes, assuming that someone is hateful just because they are a cis-het-white guy hurts That Guy’s feelings. We’re not just talking about hurt feelings here. We’re talking about dehumanization and loss of dignity if you aren’t That Guy. So calling That Guy to acknowledge and examine his privilege makes him feel like shit? Cry me a god damn river. Instead of assuming that women and queers and people of color are just trying to “make you feel like shit,” why don’t you admit, “Okay, the odds are stacked in my favor in ways that aren’t fair to millions of people,” and ask yourself, “What am I doing to further these peoples’ systematic oppression? What can I do to help?”