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"Check your privilege" what exactly does it mean?

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Greythorne Sun 08-Jun-14 20:13:16

I hear it all the time but am confused.

Does "check" mean "check" in the American sense of coat check, ie you check your coat at the door to a club, so you check your privilege, that is leave it aside.

Or "check" in the sense of check up, meaning assess your privilege?

BillnTedsMostFeministAdventure Sun 08-Jun-14 20:21:47

The latter!

peggyundercrackers Sun 08-Jun-14 20:29:21

I've never heard anyone using that phrase.

LoveSardines Sun 08-Jun-14 20:32:39

I have assumed it means the latter.

I understand the sentiment but find that phrasing rather grating!

Greythorne Sun 08-Jun-14 20:34:28

I just assumed it was an expression that originated in the US and it made me wonder.

I have never heard anyone say it as an imperative but I often hear people discussing checking privilege in this board.

FloraFox Sun 08-Jun-14 21:22:22

I think it means STFU.

BillnTedsMostFeministAdventure Sun 08-Jun-14 21:34:17

Do you think, Flora? I think it just means "be aware of your position"

TunipTheUnconquerable Sun 08-Jun-14 21:36:43

Ha, I think it SHOULD mean be aware but in practice it's often used to mean STFU.

StewiesBack Sun 08-Jun-14 22:08:02

Totally used as STFU rather than "be aware of your privileges"

FloraFox Sun 08-Jun-14 22:15:45

Bill I've never heard it used other than in a hostile way and usually against women.

Beachcomber Mon 09-Jun-14 09:03:15

The "check" bit apparently comes from "checklist".

Like so many buzz words/phrases on the internet, it has become overused and adapted by a lot of people to be used as a trump card in online arguments discussions to shut someone up, particularly women.

almondcakes Mon 09-Jun-14 09:50:39

The other synonym for STFU is 'educate yourself.' Often used in combination with 'check your privilege.'

Which I have, using Beachcomber's entertaining link. It is -180 apparently.

AnyFucker Mon 09-Jun-14 10:20:48

Mine is 65. I am privileged, it would seem smile

almondcakes Mon 09-Jun-14 10:36:37

AF, is this because you have awarded yourself an additional 20 points because you consider yourself exceptionally attractive?

AnyFucker Mon 09-Jun-14 10:38:44

Haha, errm, No smile

calmet Tue 10-Jun-14 02:09:11

I love this blog post about privilege.

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