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Privilege Exists Everywhere

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A delicate subject is about to be broached. Please take care and buckle up your moral seat belts, or ride free commando if you dare. It’s not a disrespectful or dangerous notion I would like to introduce to you, but a silent and serious killer in our society—privilege.

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Everyone has privilege in some form or fashion, in some particular setting and environment. As a cis-gendered black male, I’m well aware and harshly educated about where and when my particular privileges are allowed to be accessed by my behavior, and when and where I have ZERO privilege and power and access to excitement with impunity.

I don’t always get to act like I do at, say, a hip hop concert with mainstream musicians. Oh no! Try to get queer or flame out there, and there will be reactions, not all of them pleasant. Now if you’re in the gay village of a metropolitan, it’s a different story, but otherwise, it’s taking a risk to a degree.

This rarefied air is afforded to the transgendered individuals in the human family. At this exact point before we go any further, I want to make it known, that there is a clear-and-present danger in thinking that trans privilege is anywhere near as far-reaching, economically rewarding, socially engaging or ubiquitous in any way, and the best day of trans privilege being used is probably only a fraction of what cis-male white hetero privilege hooks a dude up with!

Heavy sigh. More work. Regardless, there is a level of behavior that qualifies a trans person as exploiting and abusing their sacred space in a relationship, and it’s a both heartbreaking and hearthealing, because one can begin to have those difficult conversations that don’t come up around the dinner table after Game of Thrones episodes.

It’s time to admit it, in everyone’s reality, when you’re taking advantage of a situation because of some imbalance of awareness in some capacity. Anybody can be an asshole, a douchebag, a greedy Gus, a shitbird, and a selfish turd.

This isn’t the strict domain of cis-hets! Life would be much easier if it were that simple, but it’s not. So if you’re trans and you’re poly, please be aware of who you are doing what to, and why… and yes, I’m speaking from personal experience.

Love,
Addi Stewart

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