i think i might be a baratheon or a targaryen but idk what do you guys think
i’m weighing whether or not to make a post that might lose me followers and be construed as stirring up drama
lol ‘straight-passing privilege’
being in the closet is not a privilege
I think the concept of ‘straight-passing privilege’ sometimes fails to make sense because it was borrowed from people of colour’s analyses of racism and passing clearly function in the ways when it comes to passing as straight since homophobia functions in different ways from racism
yet, I think most of us can admit to having experienced both a) making the conscious choice to try to pass as straight (in order to stay safe in threatening / homophobic surroundings) and b) unwittingly passing as straight (because straight people assume all “nice” people are straight)
while neither the threat of homophobic violence nor heteronormativity are privileges (obviously), it’s clear that privilege has to do with how different people experience both
on the one hand, not everyone who wants to pass can successfully pass as straight when they fear for their safety (otherwise there would be almost no homophobic hate crimes) - and, on the other, how successful you are at passing depends on how much straight people can recognize you as one of their own - and it’s not just that this act of the recognition in itself gives you privilege, it’s that to be recognized as straight you have to appear “non-threatening” - this means that if you pass, you probably already have some degree of privilege: you are gender conforming, middle class, white etc
there are people who can almost never pass as straight, who don’t have the option to “stay in the closet” and who are disproportionately the victims of homophobic violence (for example, 90% of anti-LGBTQ murder victims are people of colour) - and it’s important to take this into account when we talk about homophobia instead of prioritizing some people’s discomfort at having to admit they’re privileged
just registered for summer classes btw. i’m taking creative writing and pop culture & gender in may/june.
i actually have some questions about the credits i need for my program, it’s weird, i’m going to the registration office to ask today, but i’m pretty sure these both fit into my major and aren’t redundant or anything. these classes will both be easy for me so i don’t think it will be too bad. and then i have a two-month break just like the hu-man.
my skin is so nice… i’d like to thank sleep and burts bees sensitive facial cleanser…. and of course my mother for supporting me…