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Thanks to everyone who came out to the presentation last nightat the Centennial Theatre. We had a full house. We were delighted. It really means a lot to us. We really enjoyed ourselves and hope you all did too!

And lots and lots of rowing…

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Presentation on Nov. 26th – 7:30pm

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We are doing a presentation at the Centennial Theatre in North Vancouver on Nov 26th (Tuesday) at 7.30pm. We’ll be sharing stories from our expedition in the Arctic as well as showing images and video footage of what we encountered. We’ll also have the boat on display, there’ll be some live music, a few pints as well as loads of raffle prizes from our sponsors so we’d love to see you there if you can make it. Please do spread the word, tickets can be bought via the Centennial website (link below).

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Social justice activists and writers have built on Peggy McIntosh’s original essay on privilege in 1988, by adding to and modifing the original list to highlight how privilege is not merely about race or gender, but that it is a series of interrelated hierarchies and power dynamics that touch all facets of social life: race, class, gender, sexual orientation, religion, education, gender identity, age, physical ability, passing, etc. These categories will be further discussedbelow.

One thing to keep in mind when looking at how privilege operates is that privilege, discrimination, and social groups all operate within interrelated hierarchies of power, dominance, and exclusion. Just because someone is privileged in one way doesn’t mean they may not be underprivileged in another (and vice-versa). It is therefore important to be aware of the various groups to which one belongs in order to be able to question our own participation in a system of discrimination andprivilege.

There are many different kinds of privilege that exist but regardless of how groups are divided, the privileged group is the one that is commonly treated as the baseline against which the others are judged or compared – it is seen as “ordinary”. Consider some of the following kinds ofprivilege:

Ability: Being able-bodied and without mental disability. Actors with disabilities frequently find themselves passed up for roles even if those roles are for characters with the same disability. Moreover, while fully enabled actors are often cast in roles as disabled characters, actors with a disability are almost never asked to play enabled characters. Individuals who are mentally enabled never find their status used as a justification for criminal behaviour in film and television, but we often see mental illness portrayed in exactly such alight.

C lass: Class can be understood both in terms of and , both of which provide privilege. Social class can determine access to opportunities, to participation in politics, and opens up particular educational and vocational doors more easily. From a social and media standpoint, consider how different social classes are represented. It is also important to note that the majority of the media are created by and for a specific social class. How are certain jobs portrayed in the media compared toothers?

Education: Access to higher education confers with it a number of privileges as well. Educational privilege opens a number of doors to higher paying careers (which links it to social class privilege). Educational privilege can also confer unearned credibility on an individual: For instance, many television and radio show hosts append the prefix “Dr.” to their name in order to use a PhD. to suggest they can offer medical or psychiatricadvice.

Gender: Male-identified, masculine individuals still hold a level of privilege over people of other genders. Another word for the systemic operation of male privilege is “patriarchy”. In the media, we still see male authority superseding others. Men continue to be overrepresented in leadership roles and as news commentators. Men, their stories, and their perspectives continue to be vastly overrepresented in video games, film, and television programs, both onscreen and behind thescenes.

Gender Identity: While often linked to sexual orientation and gender privilege, this is the privilege that comes with having a gender identity (how one identifies and express oneself in gendered terms) that conforms to the gender identity that was assigned at birth and to societal and cultural expectations of such a gender identity. In terms of media representation, it is extremely rare to find representations of individuals whose gender identity does not conform to cultural expectations. In the rare instances that such characters are portrayed, their gender-nonconformity is typically used to elicit fear, apprehension, or laughter, or may be portrayed as a kind of mentalillness.

Passing: Passing is the ability to appear to belong to another group. The ability to pass is itself a privilege because it allows an individual to claim the advantages of a more privileged group. In the media, passing becomes easier for certain groups than for others and certain types of passing are particularly celebrated: Consider, for instance, how a straight, white, mentally and physically enabled man is often congratulated for his “courage” in playing a gay man or a person with a mental disability in a film or television. At the same time, we rarely see many accolades when a queer-identified individual plays straight and there are rare instances in which a person with an apparent disability plays a character who is fully enabled. Race-bending (changing the race of a character for a film or television adaptation), whitewashing (making characters of ambiguous or unstated ethnicity white), blackface, “cripface”, and a variety of other practices all help to illustrate how passing becomes a privilege in the media. If one considers that in Hollywood 82 per cent of lead roles are for characters of Caucasian ethnicity, we can see how tangible a privilege passing canbe.

Racial: In the West, racial privilege is usually equated with white privilege since power, money, and influence tends to be concentrated among Caucasians in Western Europe and North America. Racial privilege is institutionalized racism: a system that is structured to privilege one group over others. In the media, consider how race plays into determining character types androles.

Religious: Religious privilege comes with being a member of the dominant religion in a culture – to have one’s own religious practices and observances recognized as the norm. In North America and much of Europe, Christian faiths hold privilege over most others. In the media, religious privilege translates to a normalizing of one’s tenets of faith while alternative faiths are often portrayed as novel, strange, or even overlymystical.

Sexuality: Heterosexual privilege includes the assumption that everyone is heterosexual which forces Queer people to be constantly undergoing a coming out process in their daily lives. In the media, we rarely see lead characters who are Queer-identified unless the character’s sexuality is pivotal to the plot. Conversely, heterosexual characters enact their sexuality constantly (the presence of things like wedding rings, photos of children, discussions about one’s spouse in various media are all indications of a character’s sexuality, but are hardly ever noticed by the audience. This is not the case if the character is in a same-sex relationship) but it goes unnoticed because of its privileged status. Sexuality privilege also includes sexual practices and sexual history – the media often associates a woman’s worth with her sexual history through the hypersexualization of women, but also by relating a girl’s self-worth to her chastity and the public disparagement of women who are sexually active. This links sexuality privilege to gender privilege aswell.

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Everyone is indeed extraordinary. So much so that extraordinary people are common. Extraordinary people are quite ordinary. As soon as you think you’re something pretty special, look around. Everyone is pretty special in their own way.

There is a certain freedom in copping to our ordinary-ness. It takes some pressure off. On the other hand, if we insist that we are special, it can lead to anxiety. We now have something to prove.

6. It’s probably your fault.

When someone accuses you of something, there is usually a point to it. Most of us like to focus on how unreasonable the other is being. We like to point to the exaggerations or lies, skillfully letting the truth in the accusation get lost.

Anything to keep up appearances.

What if you stopped hiding from accusations and started embracing them for what you can learn? I know, that’s a tall order. But we are discussing enlightenment here.

7. No one is coming to the rescue.

A lot of us spend our lives waiting for the “big break” or for when things “get better.” Better to assume that no one or nothing is going to magically happen that will rescue you from your trials.

If you’re an adult, stop waiting for things to get better and start making them better. Nobody cares as much as you do about what you want or what you are going through.

8. You’re a limited being.

I’m not sure what good it does to pretend you don’t have any limitations. It doesn’t change the fact that you do. Why not work within your honest limitations and explore them? This way, you may slowly but surely expand to your full potential.

The man with insight enough to admit his limitations comes nearest to perfection. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

9. You get a psychological boost when other people fail.

It’s a known fact, your brain secretes an additional measure of serotonin when you witness someone else fail. Some of feign compassion while secretly delighting in the failures of others.

Aw, that’s too bad. You failed…I’m so sorry for you. (Not. I am so glad it was you and not me).

To pretend that you don’t secretly wish to be better than others is to pretend that you are not a natural, competitive human being.

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10. You’re morally flawed.

The number one problem in life: defending our moral integrity while blaming others for their lack of integrity . Who wants to see their own wrongdoings? No one that I know, even the most enlightened people I’ve ever met. I also don’t like to be put on the spot, confronted with my moral misgivings.

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