Intersectionality 101: Understanding Your Privilege And Oppression

Intersectionality 101: Understanding Your Privilege And Oppression

Explaining the misunderstood concept of intersectionality

For many people, the word "privilege" can be triggering for them, and even this sentence is probably triggering people as they read. But what is privilege? That's where the issue lies because many people not only don't realize their privilege, but sometimes, people don't realize their oppression either. This is where intersectionality comes into play.

Intersectionality is the intersecting systems of privilege and oppression. Privilege is when someone doesn't have to face an institutionalized form of oppression, and oppression is when they do have to face it. Just because one person has one form of privilege doesn't mean they only have privilege. So what are these intersecting systems?

People can be oppressed and privileged in many different ways. Most commonly, you hear about gender, sexual orientation, race. This is where the tension comes into play because these are the most common systems you hear about. A straight, white cisgender male has straight privilege, white privilege, cis privilege and male privilege. However, often from my own experience, I will see these straight, white cisgender men get offended at being called privilege. That's a little ironic, because if being called privilege is insulting to you, then you probably are privileged considering there's a whole vocabulary out there just to degrade marginalized people.

Nonetheless, a straight, white cisgender man is not just privileged. There are other systems out there. Maybe he comes from a lower socio-economic status. He's oppressed for that. Maybe he isn't of Christian faith. He's oppressed for that. Maybe he suffers from a physical disability, has a mental health problem. He's oppressed for that too. If he's not conventionally attractive, he can even be oppressed for that. So, to straight, white cisgender men -- don't get offended; you are privileged in those areas. You are probably oppressed in another way, but be glad that you aren't oppressed in more ways.

Race, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, physical and mental ability, religion, language, age, physical attractiveness, occupation, education are just some of the categories of intersectionality.

Privileged people -- don't apologize. Nobody is blaming you. It would be hypocritical to judge someone who is privileged because the majority of the time someone can't help but have their privilege. That's not what this is. This is about understanding your privilege, and realizing that there are certain institutionalized forms of oppression that you don't face, but one important thing is to remember that all oppression is connected.

So, don't feel guilty for having privilege. If you're blind to your privilege then that's where the problem starts. Just because you have some forms of privilege doesn't mean you've never worked hard for things in life and nobody is blaming you. It's not about you as individuals, it's about the systematic institutions of oppression.

People deserve to have the same chances and opportunities in life if they want them. It's as simple as that. So understanding your privilege and oppression is just one simple way to help.

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Young adolescent boys enjoy youthfulness. They like to wear new costumes, and do different haircuts. However, they grow ultra thin moustache and beard on their faces. Bushy beard and dense moustache are not attractive. Sweethearts like well-shaven face without wild beard. Therefore, they should abide by few important tips how to shave beard fantastically.

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See, professional barbers reshape rough beard and disheveled hair. They are professional with little passion to assist customers who are not matured. At home, try to trim the unwanted beard to smoothen up the facial skin dynamically. DIY beard shaving methods are cost effective to economical guys. For rookies, it will be difficult to wipe out strong hairs of the beard efficiently. So, they must have guide from experts or seniors. For example, watching seniors to remove grey beard hairs fluently, they are competent to clean the face. Besides, online demos and slide shows with step-wise guidance how to shave beard are helpful to beginners.

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  • A cup of lukewarm water to disinfect shaving tools
  • A bottle of black cumin seeds tincture for healing up wounds and bleeding
  • A small scissor for beard trimming
  • Cotton balls or clean clothes
  • A small wall mountable glass/large mirror to see
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  • Avoid the infected areas when you start removing beard with sharpened razor.
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  • Drench your face in water and then apply shaving cream to brush up both sides of cheeks including chin using a soft brush.
  • Start straight from the top.
  • Slow but steadfast razor moving is beneficial to teenager
  • Beard on cheeks should be cut slowly without leaving deep dent
  • When you let your razor drive down to drill on chin, you must safeguard throat. Mobility in razor controlling is necessary.
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  • If you receive mild injury, you must not forget to apply topical anti-bacterial oil or spray on the wound. Don’t scratch or do hard rubbing. It will make the wounds severe.

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Usually, dudes are interested to do double beard shaving to enhance the skin fairness. There should not be anything left incomplete on your face. For this reason, you must rub your face with fingers to measure the degree of smoothness. Finally, in the case of skin infection, pre-existing inflammation and allergies, guys have to use biodegradable antibiotic lotion/gel and cream to take care of the face. Modern guys must become handsome to entice women. They should learn techniques to shave wild beard for physical aesthete.

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