In an attempt to make this blog able-ism free, we have created this page to explain this Tumblr to those who have differences in understanding.
MYPRIVILEGE is a satire of the Tumblr social justice community’s tendency to misuse and trivialize the concept of “privilege”. While the study of privilege and intersectionality focuses on analyzing the unfair distribution of advantages and accommodations in society, some have claimed a lack of privilege as a sort of fashion statement, use it as a weapon that they wield against dissenting views, or use the language of privilege to disguise their actual harmful, bigoted views.
As an example, people who champion the concept of demisexuality or grey-A (someone who doesn’t experience sexual attraction until they form a strong emotional connection) wish to establish themselves as a persecuted minority sexual orientation lacking the privilege that either “fully sexual” and asexual people enjoy. While this is arguably a valid way of labeling one’s views towards sex and relationships, there is no oppression or lack of privilege associated with demisexuality, since only wishing to have sex with someone you’re emotionally close to is already the Western social norm, especially for women. This means that in trying to claim that non-demisexuals are privileged, it tacitly reinforces sex-negative attitudes and patriarchal value judgments.
It’s not just demisexuality that does this: look up transethnics, multiple systems, otherkin, fictives and others who claim oppression in a way that demeans the truly oppressed.
The discussion of privilege has become a game of collecting as many adjectives as possible to become the ultimate arbiter of oppression.