Hey guys! I was listening to Crash and Bailey and they read a paper titled "Straight Privilege". It's an idea paralleling that of "White Privilege", which was written to show the legs-up that white people have. "Straight Privilege", by contrast, shows how straight people are advantaged in todays world. It was written by straight-identifying students at Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana. Without further ado, an excerpt from Straight Privilege":
This article is based on Peggy McIntoshs article on white privilege and was written by a number of straight-identified students at Earlham College who got together to look at some examples of straight privilege. These dynamics are but a few examples of the privilege which straight people have. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and queer-identified folk have a range of different experiences, but cannot count on most of these conditions in their lives.
On a daily basis as a straight person...
- I can be pretty sure that my roomate, hallmates and classmates will be comfortable with my sexual orientation.
- If I pick up a magazine, watch TV, or play music, I can be certain my sexual orientation will be represented.
- When I talk about my heterosexuality (such as in a joke or talking about my relationships), I will not be accused of pushing my sexual orientation onto others.
- I do not have to fear that if my family or friends find out about my sexual orientation there will be economic, emotional, physical or psychological consequences.
- I did not grow up with games that attack my sexual orientation (IE fag tag or smear the queer).
- I am not accused of being abused, warped or psychologically confused because of my sexual orientation.
- I can go home from most meetings, classes, and conversations without feeling excluded, fearful, attacked, isolated, outnumbered, unheard, held at a distance, stereotyped or feared because of my sexual orientation.
- I am never asked to speak for everyone who is heterosexual.
- I can be sure that my classes will require curricular materials that testify to the existence of people with my sexual orientation.
- People don't ask why I made my choice of sexual orientation.
- People don't ask why I made my choice to be public about my sexual orientation.
- I do not have to fear revealing my sexual orientation to friends or family. It's assumed.
And the list goes on.
Yes, they mention sexual orientation as a choice; it isn't, but the larger message of the article trumps this oversight. Check out the rest of the article at http://www.cs.earlham.edu/~hyrax/personal/files/student_res/straightprivilege.htm.