"I don't think that being a strong person is about ignoring your emotions and fighting your feelings. Putting on a brave face doesn't mean you're a brave person. That's why everybody in my life knows everything that I'm going through. I can't hide anything from them. People need to realise that being open isn't the same as being weak."
- Taylor Swift
Tuesday, September 03, 2013
When you consider power - who has power, who can take power, who or what gives power, what power does to the powerful and the powerless; it is worth noting that not all kinds of power are seen and recognised by the public eye. Privilege is a silent power; silent because it is barely understood, rarely considered and never acknowledged. We are all implicit in the ways in which privilege alters the gendered, racial and economic dynamics of society; the silent but unquestioned authority of being male or white or rich or heterosexual or cisgender. We are so accustomed to the unwritten hierarchy of privilege that we think of our privileges as universal rights. Someone from a privileged group may not exploit or even realize their own privilege; but unlike other kinds of power, privilege is wielded involuntarily and without much thought. We all benefit from privilege, even though we refuse to acknowledge its existence in our sophisticated, civilized, individualistic, opportunistic world.