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Dec. 29th, 2010 07:08 pm (UTC)
Re: :P
Everyone I know who's discussing privilege in terms of power dynamics in a sociological (or civil rights) sense does have the same regard for it that I do.

Pretty much the only people I ever hear say that privilege is always bad are people who frame it as "Feminists/liberals/activists/people of color say privilege is bad and should be rejected and I think that's too simple!" It's a strawman. Since the underlying concept necessarily states that it's not something that can be gotten rid of or rejected completely (as things are now), only people who aren't familiar with the concept would say such things.
Dec. 29th, 2010 07:12 pm (UTC)
Re: :P
I AM familiar with the concept (I was raised by lesbians and went to Bard college for christs sake, a liberal arts school that has been said to "put the liberal back in liberal arts") and I still think that as it is generally used in academic circles, they may say one thing but they're acting on an emotional impulse which is quite another. Don't be quite so quick to make assumptione about another's assumptions. ;p