I just watched this video on a woman named Julie Vu on Youtude. She's a wealthy and passable transgender woman and in the video she talks about how people always try to discredit her struggles because she has more "privilege". I agree she is very fortunate being a passable woman, having surgeries for SRS, breast augmentation, facial feminization, owning desinger bags, shoes, clothes and having a job as a Youtuber making tons of money from social media and other outlets. She has all that, but people seem to forget how hard she had to work to get to that point. She wasn't born with money handed down to her and her biological father still to this day calls her by her birth name. She still gets clocked and she still has to face the stigma of being different and being transgender every single day. Do you think its right to discredit her struggles just because she's more "passable" as a woman and wealthier than the average transgender person who is going or went through the same thing? And what are your thoughts on "checking your privilege" in general? Be it that you are heterosexual, cis gendered, white, a man, abled bodied, attractive, wealthy or skinny. Is this a real thing that people need to be more aware of?
Most Helpful Guy
It's a phrase used by people who are "oppressed" to try to get us "privileged" folk to care about their "problems."
Here's the thing. Me hearing about the "issues" that these people supposedly face is like watching one of those videos where people do stupid shit like ride their bike down a stair railing and end up face planting on the concrete. Why should I care for the problems faced by others if those problems are self inflicted? If anything, I'll just be amused. You don't want people to "bully" you for being gay or transgender, don't rub it in everybody's faces like it should be front page news. You don't want to get shot up by the police, don't get aggressive with them. You want to be paid as much as a man, don't pick a near useless major. Until responsibility for shortcomings is taken, the phrase "check your privilege" will be nothing more than a cluster of words used by people to try to cheaply explain why they are better than people who they are inferior to.1
Most Helpful Girl
I think that it's very important for all of us to be grateful for things that are good in our lives. As a mostly white person who passes for fully white basically everywhere, I don't face racial discrimination often. I'm really lucky. I have friends who are far smarter and more capable than I am struggling to find work because their names sound so foreign that no one wants to take a chance on them. In that way, I'm privileged.
Recognizing that you have an easier time than some other people doesn't negate that you have had to struggle. It doesn't mean that everything was handed to you on a silver platter. It just means that the starting gate for some people is a little closer to the finish line than for others.5