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The #Selfie Generation' May Just Change The Future Of Healthcare

Jamia Wilson | Posted 04.04.2014 | Impact
Jamia Wilson

The time has come for young people to be treated as designers and developers for health technology solutions that serve them and their communities on their own terms.

Anti-Gentrification? Build Community

Yvahn Martin | Posted 03.11.2014 | Black Voices
Yvahn Martin

Where there is no goodwill, the dialogue cannot begin, and there is only polite silence masking anger and distrust.

The Problem With 'Religious Privilege'

Walker Bristol | Posted 03.04.2014 | Religion
Walker Bristol

Atheists in America face some measure of discrimination, and we want a way to talk about that discrimination so that it's taken seriously. But our approach thus far is setting us back, and may even be putting us in conflict with identity groups who could and ought to be alongside us in a struggle towards pluralistic understanding.

You Can Have a Choice Only if You Have Money

Dana Benyas | Posted 03.04.2014 | Women
Dana Benyas

Yes, I was born into a family that is financially comfortable, but that should not make me more deserving of my constitutional right to have an abortion than a woman who does not have the means and toolkits to do so.

Excuse Me, But Your Privilege Is in Our Way

Ashton Johnson | Posted 03.04.2014 | College
Ashton Johnson

There is a phenomenon on the campus of DePauw University called "The DePauw Bubble." It is when you get caught up in all of the things that happen at DePauw that you forget about the "real world." Yet, there is another phenomenon on this campus that many people are not aware of -- I call it the Privilege Bubble.

The Best Advice: Do it Scared!

Tara Campbell | Posted 02.27.2014 | Women
Tara Campbell

You will never know what you are truly capable of until you try. Challenge yourself and if you fail remember that brick walls are only there to see how badly you want something.

The Privilege of Doing Development Work: Voluntourism and Its Limitations

Mario Machado | Posted 02.24.2014 | Impact
Mario Machado

While I applaud the intentions of the voluntourists of the world, I think it is important for them to remain grounded in reality. They need to be constantly cognizant of their privileged positions to be doing development work in the first place and the limitations of both their time commitments and outsider status.

Are You Tired Of People Being 'Outraged'?

Kia Makarechi | Posted 03.19.2014 | Arts
Kia Makarechi

Outrage fatigue is like anti-intellectualism for conservatives and liberals (and especially neo-liberals) alike.

Examining My Own Privilege as a Gay-White-Cis Male

Tyler Oakley | Posted 03.09.2014 | Gay Voices
Tyler Oakley

It was like a switch flipped and I could see: privilege played (and will continue to play) a role in so many parts of my life, and by acknowledging and understanding that, I can use my inherent privilege to stand up to systematic inequality.

Seeking Queer Visibility, Rejecting Assimilation

Lucas Waldron | Posted 03.09.2014 | Gay Voices
Lucas Waldron

It is my choice in 2014 to be visible, to continually question my social position, and to seek ways to use my privilege to advance inclusive progress in the queer community in an effort to motivate my generation to seek more radical definitions of equality and justice.

Affluenza, Privilege, and the Threat to American Freedom

Kent Hayden, M.Div. | Posted 02.15.2014 | Politics
Kent Hayden, M.Div.

I am pro-meritocracy. I am a capitalist. And I believe the institutionalization of privilege is a threat to these ideals. Affluenza affects more than the world-view of wealthy teens. It threatens the structural integrity of our society.

Do eCommerce Giving Programs Effectively Raise Money for Charity?

Craig Newmark | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Craig Newmark

The idea behind craigconnects is giving the voiceless a real voice, and the powerless real power. I see it as everyone doing some small, or big, part. One way to do this is by giving back via purchases and a few key initiatives.

'I Don't Usually Get Involved in Politics'

Cheryl Dumesnil | Posted 12.08.2013 | Gay Voices
Cheryl Dumesnil

This declaration has appeared in my Facebook news feed several times in the past few days. I'm stunned by the enormous unexamined privilege embedded in them. I wonder what it must be like to have the luxury of being able to choose not to get involved in politics.

This 'Love Trumpet' Kills Racism

Jennifer Nix | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Jennifer Nix

Five months before the tragic verdict in State of Florida vs. George Zimmerman, my personal paradigm on race shifted in a Brooklyn bar as I encountered the poems and performance of Roger Bonair-Agard. 

How To Be A Privileged Woman

The Huffington Post | Emma Gray & Nina Bahadur | Posted 09.27.2013 | Women

If you want a lesson in how not to talk about being a rich woman, look no further than the astoundingly tone deaf post published on Thought Catalog to...

Reunions, Privilege, and Growing Up on the Wrong Side of the River

Derek Penwell | Posted 11.17.2013 | Religion
Derek Penwell

Although we'd be reluctant to say it out loud, people of privilege tend to believe that we are what the rest of the world would want to be if they knew what was good for them.

Observations From the Hostess Stand

Annie E. Clark | Posted 11.16.2013 | Gay Voices
Annie E. Clark

These two men, both good-looking, nicely dressed, and in their late 20s, approached my stand and took a long glance around the dining room. "Hi, how are you? Would you like a table?" I asked. "Uh, um, no," one replied. "See, we're not together like that." Pause. What?

The Forest for the Trees

Ari Andersen | Posted 11.13.2013 | Healthy Living
Ari Andersen

Living in the information-saturated world that we live in, it is much more of a choice. The choice where to put my focus, my energy, my attention, when there are so many things to think about and do and get accomplished.

Should America Act on Syria?

Zhivargo Laing | Posted 11.06.2013 | Politics
Zhivargo Laing

More often than not, America has been the proverbial Good Samaritan turning to the man in need rather than away from him. Each instance is a matter of deep soul-searching as a nation, counting the cost of helping, of intervening.

Talking About Privilege With Your Kids

Lea Grover | Posted 11.04.2013 | Parents
Lea Grover

I have no idea how I'm going to have those conversations, but it is essential to teach our children that racial biases exist. I want my children to see these messages for what they are -- ignorant assumptions made by a class that is spoon fed privilege from the day they're born.

Trayvon, Morsi and B.S.

Sherman A. Jackson | Posted 09.21.2013 | Religion
Sherman A. Jackson

The whole point of providing reasons to justify privilege is to raise it beyond critique, take it out of the realm of politics and place it in the realm of nature, where it can be seen as normal, "nobody's fault," as natural as morning dew or death.

Scenes From a Class Struggle Starring Marianne Faithfull

Larry Womack | Posted 07.05.2013 | Entertainment
Larry Womack

In the past, I have flirted with ideas of attending Lucinda Williams and Leonard Cohen shows in the same town, but each time concluded that the journey was just too long. Faithfull plays San Francisco or Oakland most every year. Is one more show really worth the bother?

LaBute and Moliere Occupy Chicago Theater

Kelly Kleiman | Posted 08.03.2013 | Chicago
Kelly Kleiman

The gap between privilege and its absence gets bigger by the day, and in contemporary discourse it's considered revolutionary (or at least rude) to point that out. But as long as we're talking about the 17th Century, or the go-go 90s, or even 2004, it's safe to speak the truth.

What Will Be Left When You Are Older?

Lisa Farnham and Ashley Taylor | Posted 06.18.2013 | Parents
Lisa Farnham and Ashley Taylor

If by age 9, my daughter already has a Kindle Fire, access to an iPad and has been to New York City twice and on and on, what is left for her to experience when she is older? Am I somehow setting her up for crushing disappointment?

Family and Technology: The #1 Rule For All Parents

Dr. Karyn Gordon | Posted 06.12.2013 | Parents
Dr. Karyn Gordon

Driving a car is a privilege, not an automatic right. We need to be a certain age, be properly trained and follow the "rules of the road," or that privilege will be taken away. With technology, the 'rules' are left to the parents to decide and teach.