dont worry kiddo, when tumblr is telling you youre a piece of shit for existing as who you are, you can just log off and go back to your life of luxury
Ok, here’s the thing, I understand this comic, I get it. I’m a white, cis gendered, bisexual female who has been in long term heterosexual relationships most of my life. Also, my mother had me when she was 16, and had to work multiple shit jobs to try to support us, there were some winters growing up where we’d run out of money and food and the power would get cut off repeatedly, and my step dad was an alcoholic who was emotionally and sometimes physically abusive. So yeah, I struggled, I still struggle, but I am also incredibly aware of how privileged I am.
There are people out there who endured or are enduring the same things I went through but with the added pressures of having to wonder if they’re going to get assaulted if they tell people they’re transgender, or if they’re going to have people racially profile and accost them for no reason other than the color of their skin. I will NEVER know that type of struggle, ever, simply because I was born white and identify with the gender I was assigned at birth. THAT is my privilege. Plain and simple.
When I see posts where people are saying how privileged white or cis or hetero people are, I don’t think “You don’t know me, you don’t know what I’ve been through” because I have accepted the fact that the privilege being discussed is not about my socio economic or family environment, it’s about how I’m perceived by others based solely on my race and gender identity. I could be having ungodly struggles in my life and hop on a bus and sit down next to a little old lady without saying a word, and she’d probably smile and offer me a cookie, not shoot me a disgusted look or get up and move or clutch her purse tighter.
I understand that when your life is hard as shit it can feel like a giant slap in the face to be called privileged. No one is trying to say you have a perfect life, or you don’t struggle, and I don’t think anyone wants you to feel ashamed of your privilege, but you do need to accept it. People might get angry and lash out and say things like “you don’t know what it means to be oppressed” please try to recognize that it means “you can never understand MY oppression”. They probably aren’t trying to invalidate any personal struggle you may have, but rather point out the struggles you will NEVER have and that they live with daily.