On Privilege #3:
what if privilege is not absolute? What if white privilege extends itself throughout the american political system, business, media, but is nullified on the dance floor.
if we define privilege as an imbalance that creates a benefit to one group or person over another group or person then:
mark zuckerberg may have had a higher predisposition for success in business.
but he will have a much lower predisposition for success on the dance floor than even an untrained african american woman because of how success is defined in those contexts.
it is nullified here because the dominant framework for contemporary music is so heavily influenced by jazz/hiphop/ and other ethnic tribal rhythms that what is perceived as “bad dancing” is simply a break from the conformity of movement in synch with the down beat and/or rhythm section that is commonly associated with the dances of people of color and perhaps more importantly a sufficient level of disdain for social judgement within the context of expression.
what if male privilege extends itself throughout the globe, in religion, domestic environments, and sexual dynamic but is nullified in art.
it is nullified here because the acknowledgement of the intimate feelings, and ability to express these feelings to a point of resonance that is perceived as “good art” stems from a place of a) sensitivity to oneself and one’s environment ie. listening & feeling is an ability that may have an inherently higher disposition or appearance in people with less testoterone than others, and if not, certainly is more welcomed socially in many places throughout the world in individuals who would be biologically classified as female.
this might mean that privilege, if not absolute, is then systemic. while there may be some benefit to individuals who fall into particular groups WITHIN the system those benefits. do not actually benefit them from the context of allowing for greatest degree of individual fulfillment, happiness, connection, and mental health.
it might mean that systemic privilege provides only the veneer of benefit, and is actually an insulator and hinderance to the aforementioned faculties.
it might mean that being poor, or a person of color is not an absolute obstacle to individual fulfillment, happiness, connection, and mental health etc. but is particularly hindered within very specific social contexts.
this might even be evident in the world in the form of direct opposite correlation to power/wealth distribution, v. expression/ coping ability distribution.
controversially,it might be evident that the conditions that cause creativity to flourish are in direct conflict with the conditions that maintain power and control.
this thought is very unrefined but I am playing with the idea of viewing privilege as a thing that functions within very narrow rules and can be completed subverted by changing context and approach to success.