Introducing: Checking My Privilege!

Hello, everyone, and welcome back to consistent posting on my part! Before we get into the meat of this post, I just wanted to apologize quickly for the amount of time it took me to produce my most recent post. With the chaotic nature of the holidays and the unfortunate timing of Mondays this year (let that be a lesson to me to check my calendar more thoroughly before planning anything based on the days of the week!) I simply didn’t have the time to produce anything that would be of a quality worth presenting to you. But now that we’ve well and truly settled into the new year, I’m pleased to report that we’re back to business as usual!

And now that that’s handled, it’s time to say a fond farewell to “That’s Not A Plot Hole!” after eight posts, and move on to the next iteration of this blog. So, without further ado, allow me to happily introduce “Checking My Privilege”!

The premise here is simple: I have been the beneficiary of immense amounts of privilege in my life. Some of the ways in which this is true are remarkably obvious: I’ve never faced discrimination based on the color of my skin, or bullying for my sexual orientation. However, these examples are far from the only forms that prejudice can take, and privilege can be even more subtle still. There are so many tiny ways in which I benefit from a system that is designed to place people like me in an incredibly advantaged position, which continue to work on my behalf, and which can only hope to be understood and combatted (as they should) if the ways in which it functions are identified, explained, and understood.

With that in mind, for the next eight weeks I’ll use this blog to pick apart some of the ways in which I benefit from systemic privilege, that are a little less obvious or easier to say “so what?” in response to, but no less impactful and important to discuss for those reasons. I hope that in doing so, I’ll be able to both shed a light on the ways in which this privilege is both real and very , and, in some small way, help to fight this system that benefits me in a way that, by necessity, confers a disadvantage on others.

With excitement and optimism,

Alex