So, Marianne lost her temper on the internets over this post about privilege. Marianne says it a lot better than I probably can. But you know, I’ll give it a shot. I am, after all, half owner of this blog!
I’ve been trying to articulate what about the original post rubbed me the wrong way. It feels like bragging. It feels like an absence of acknowledgment that other people do not have, will not ever have, her privilege, and that in that absence, she does not care that other people do not have, will not ever have. I have a friend who isn’t concerned with health care reform because he’s young, healthy, and has insurance. It doesn’t affect him. He can’t understand why I’m so affected by it, because I am young, relatively healthy, and have insurance. The original post makes me feel a lot like my friend’s comments make me feel when we discuss health care reform.
I could be misunderstanding the point of the OP’s post, and I invite her to clear up any of my misconceptions here. But I think Marianne is right. Acknowledge your privilege, but don’t be a douchebag about it.