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A Thank You to Kelly, An Amazing Educator, For Changing My Life

Amanda Barnard | Posted 05.05.2015 | Education
Amanda Barnard

Kelly is the type of educator who calls attention to the aspects of society most people would like to pretend do not exist; the type of educator who cares deeply for her students and their success. Kelly is the type of educator who changes the world, student by student.

A Point of Privilege

Stephen Gray Wallace | Posted 05.04.2015 | Education
Stephen Gray Wallace

Parenting clearly plays a significant -- if not the only -- role in both mental health outcomes and personal behavior, for worse or for better. For better? Yup, for better.

Respectability is NOT Faithfulness

Tara Woodard-Lehman | Posted 04.20.2015 | Religion
Tara Woodard-Lehman

Though some think of prophets as those who foresee the future, more often than not biblical prophets are speaking into the present day, and critiquing the powers that be.

Broke With Privilege

Steve Rhode | Posted 04.14.2015 | Money
Steve Rhode

No matter how many times I cry broke or fear the threat of unemployment or dwindling bank account balances, I will always know my privilege.

Mindy Kaling's Brother Sounds Off on American 'Black Privilege'

Tyree Rush | Posted 04.07.2015 | Entertainment
Tyree Rush

This just in, Mindy Kaling has a brother who is totally racist... maybe? Many stories like this have surfaced the past week. In them are varying accounts about Mindy Kaling's estranged brother and how he "duped" admissions counselors across America by pretending to be black.

When Is It Bad to Seek Attention?

Matt Hartman | Posted 05.27.2015 | Impact
Matt Hartman

Most of us are called attention-seeking at some point, and it's usually a way to silence or delegitimize. We silence and delegitimize those who are oppressed -- those we want to stay in their place. Often, its done subconsciously, but just as, if not more, often it's done with purpose.

Does Wearing Makeup Make Me a Bad Feminist?

Karyn Pickles | Posted 05.26.2015 | Parents
Karyn Pickles

I wear makeup. Not every day, but then, I work from home, so half the time I don't put on my clothes, let alone my face. But if I'm going out and I have time, I'll do my makeup. But what message am I sending my kids?

Why Most White Straight Males Don't Talk About Privilege

Sutheshna Mani | Posted 05.12.2015 | Women
Sutheshna Mani

I have to take every initiative to change my language, attitude and behavior towards people who are marginalized in one way or the other. Using my knowledge to try and change the mindsets, and eventually the greater social milieu of the society, and country I live in.

What Is Yoga Service? A Working Definition

Rob Schware | Posted 04.21.2015 | Impact
Rob Schware

Yoga service is gaining in popularity. There is a Yoga Service Council, an annual Yoga Service Conference, and numerous professionals in many discip...

Forgetting Lynching at Our Peril

Rebecca Todd Peters | Posted 04.14.2015 | Religion
Rebecca Todd Peters

Accountability for people of privilege must include breaking out of the safety of our cocoons of privilege and building relationships with people across lines of difference. It must begin with examining our privilege and then figuring out how to use our privilege to address the ongoing forms of injustice that we see.

I'm Privileged and I'm Proud: America's War Against the Advantaged

Neel Swamy | Posted 04.05.2015 | College
Neel Swamy

Yes, unpacking the war against privilege in our country is almost as dangerous and convoluted as unpacking privilege itself. For one reason or another, our nation as a whole is wired to socially excommunicate and extradite those who are born into superior circumstances.

Privilege, Price, Illusion and Choice

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 04.04.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

I am, and have always been, privileged. And yet I manage in certain moments to be other than happy.

Do You, Married Person, Take These Unearned Privileges, For Better or for Better?

Bella DePaulo | Posted 04.04.2015 | Women
Bella DePaulo

Single people have been mostly missing from the ongoing cultural conversations about balancing personal life and work life. The "all" in "having it all" is most often conceptualized as marriage, family and work, as if everyone wants the same things out of life. It is time to stop singlism and recognize marital privilege for what it really is.

Privilege Glasses

Ellen Goodlett | Posted 03.24.2015 | Women
Ellen Goodlett

Privilege isn't always something you can see without trying. Some people, usually those born with less privilege, have perfect vision. They see the privilege problem because they experience it firsthand every day. Other people, however, may not recognize it at first.

Why I Am Raising My Child to Be a Feminist and Why I Think You Should Too

Dan Arel | Posted 03.14.2015 | Parents
Dan Arel

Raising a feminist means raising a child who looks for these disparities in our society and instead of accepting them as a social norm, sets out to eradicate them.

Nerd Masculinity: 'They Won't Give it Up Without a Fight'

Ravishly | Posted 03.08.2015 | Women
Ravishly

It's time for "nerds" to admit the things that make us "nerdy" -- social exclusion, unusual interests, atypical learning development -- don't erase the privileges we also have. That LGBTQ people, people of color, and, yes, women are all vulnerable to those things -- and have to deal with a pile of other issues as well.

On Raising a Mixed-Race Son in a Time of Fear

Leslie Contreras Schwartz | Posted 02.08.2015 | Parents
Leslie Contreras Schwartz

I am afraid of what my son will and will not look like because in a lot of ways, this will determine how I will have to parent him, to prepare him for the world. Will he "pass" as white, as Jewish, as his father is? Or on a dark night coming home from a party, will his face betray him?

I Am The Man: Pondering My Own Privilege

Kurt Michael Friese | Posted 02.05.2015 | Politics
Kurt Michael Friese

Yet if I am willing to accept my inheritance of all the good they did, all the success they had, then I need to recognize the flip-side of that coin. No one succeeds on his own. No one gains privilege without it costing someone else.

White America's Silence Enables Black Deaths

Dave Stieber | Posted 02.03.2015 | Chicago
Dave Stieber

The reason many white people don't often think in terms of our own race is privilege. It is privilege that makes it so we don't have to think about our race every single minute of every single day.

Uncertainty Is All Around Us

Susan Kaufman | Posted 02.03.2015 | College
Susan Kaufman

I have watched fear keep people from pursuing their own passions, from opening up to others and from letting love in. I, too, have let this fear harness me, and I have let complacency satisfy me. But this Thanksgiving has reminded me that there is beauty in the vast unknown.

Power and Privilege in Oral History Interviews and Projects

Rick Ayers | Posted 02.03.2015 | Education
Rick Ayers

Do you see a problem here? Is something missing from the lesson taught? I think there is. And it is a common problem in the social studies -- in history, sociology, anthropology, even education. The issue, as is so often the case, is power.

What Do I Do About Screen Time?

Dion Lim | Posted 02.02.2015 | Healthy Living
Dion Lim

Parents worldwide struggle with how much screen time to allow children. To hit this ever-moving target, I have found questions to ponder more helpful than rules to follow. Here is a list of ones I hope will be useful for your family to discuss together.

Transgender and Privileged

Stephanie Mott | Posted 01.25.2015 | Gay Voices
Stephanie Mott

I am a transsexual woman. I am therefore marginalized and oppressed. Such is the nature of life for transgender people in the home of the brave and the land of the free. I live in a red state. I am therefore pushed further to the margins. However, for me, this is only part of the story.

The Greatest Power and Privilege of All

Isa Adney | Posted 01.20.2015 | Education
Isa Adney

Love may not raise test scores. But I think it creates the kind of safety net that helps people develop the kind of resilience and skills and motivation they need to fight through whatever lack of privilege they may have been born into.

10 First-World Problems That Will Put Things In Perspective

BuzzFeed | Nathan W. Pyle | Posted 11.17.2014 | Impact

I know that many of the “problems” I complain about on social media are experiences only privileged people would know. This year for Thanksgiving,...