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not really apropos of anything, except Modern Life In General - Diary of a Necromancer
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robling_t
robling_t
not really apropos of anything, except Modern Life In General
"Privilege" is the presumption that things will work. Discuss.

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randomdreams From: randomdreams Date: September 15th, 2013 05:07 am (UTC) (permalink this entry)
I can see that.
But I think a more important aspect is that it's the assumption that things will work for other people the same way they do for the privileged person, and quite often, the judgment that if they don't, it's some sort of moral or behavioral fault of the other people, rather than the result of privilege.
robling_t From: robling_t Date: September 17th, 2013 05:27 am (UTC) (permalink this entry)
But the judgement part is more a step up from the baseline state into defending one's own privilege once it comes into play; I'm thinking here more about the experience of not expecting things to go wrong in the first place. (The question was sort of brought on by that new all-electronic library in Texas, where my first response was to start thinking of catastrophic failure-modes and after I'd come up with four or five just off the top of my head I had to go have a lie-down...)
randomdreams From: randomdreams Date: September 18th, 2013 01:25 am (UTC) (permalink this entry)
I'm thinking more of "oh, I can get a job, I just call up my friend" and having that actually happen. Or even "oh I can get this bounced check fee removed."
autopope From: autopope Date: September 15th, 2013 12:42 pm (UTC) (permalink this entry)
I'd nuance (or disambiguate) that a little: the assumption of privilege is the presumption that things will work in your favour.

(What do you call it when the system is weighted against you because of who you are?)
robling_t From: robling_t Date: September 17th, 2013 05:18 am (UTC) (permalink this entry)
Well, yes, specifically I was thinking of that sort of unquestioned "I turn on the switch and there's light (because a grid exists and is in working order and I've paid the bills this month...)" experience of the world that hasn't even considered the possibility that there are people for whom there's a calculation involved there; "privilege" as meaning "not realizing that there are things to go wrong", maybe?
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