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COMM 1P96 Lecture 5

Communication Studies
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Amanda Bishop

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September 29, 2011
Lecture 5
Understanding Privilege
For the following statements, think about whether or not they imply to you. If they do not
imply to you, think about the people they may imply to and how their lives are different
from your own:
1. I can talk freely about my sexual orientation or gender identity to colleagues at work,
fellow students, co-parishioners, etc.
2. I can, if I wish, arrange to be in the company of people of my race most of the time
3. I can kiss my partner farewell at the airport, confident that onlookers will either ignore
us or smile understandingly
4. I can physically access most stores and and public buildings.
5. People do not consider me age to be the determination of my ability
6. I can easily find appropriate cards for my partner, to celebrate special occasions like
7. I can turn on the television or open to the front page of the paper and see people of
my own race widely and accurately represented
8. I never have to sit at the bottom of the stairs, wondering how to get to the next floor
9. I can be sure that my children will be given curricular materials that accurately testify
to the existence of their race
10. I can be fairly certain my gender will not negatively reflect my wage
11. I am never asked to speak for all the people of my racial group
12. I can be confident that I will not be harassed in the washroom I choose to use
13. I can worry about racism without being seen as self-interested or self-seeking
14. I can be sure that a “flesh” coloured bandage will come pretty close to the colour of
my skin
15. Our families/ or church community are delighted to celebrate with us the gift of love
and commitment
16. I can be sure that the name and sex marked on my identification matches my
expressed gender
17. When my partner is seriously ill, I know I will be admitted to the intensive-care unit to
visit her/ him
18. I can walk to my car late at night without worrying about my safety
19. When out in public, I can be fairly certain I will not be made fun of for my physical
20. If I experience violence on the street, it will not be because I am holding hands with
my partner
21. If I take time off from work for a religious holiday, I will not be challenged
22. When I fill out a form, I can always check off a box that accurately represents my
gender identity
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