Privilege Points Activity
You will see a list of statements below. Each time a statement applies to you, give yourself 1 point:
- I identify as a man.
- I am under the age of 65.
- My gender matches my sex at birth.
- I am Christian.
- I am white or I pass for white.
- English is my first language, or I speak fluent English with no accent.
- My parents owned a home.
- I was born in the United States.
- People always use my preferred gender pronouns (e.g., he/she/they/etc.).
- I do not wear any clothing or accessories that make my religion obvious to other people.
- The majority of my work colleagues look like me.
- Using public bathrooms and going up and down the stairs in public spaces is easy for me.
- I do not generally get asked what race or ethnicity I am.
- I feel I can fully act like myself at work.
- Both of my parents were born in the United States.
- I do not have to worry about selecting a gender-specific bathroom in public.
- I regularly see people of my race/ethnicity in positions of power.
- I was not taught to be fearful when by myself after dark.
- I do not have to call ahead when I attend events to determine if I can be physically accommodated.
- I can go shopping without concern for people assuming I might be stealing.
Now total all your points. As you may have already guessed, the higher amount of points that you have, the more potential advantages, or privilege, you have in our society.As you may have already guessed, the higher amount of points that you have, the more potential advantages, or privilege, you have in our society. Remember that there is no judgement in this activity. Like most aspects of identity, many of these statements describe characteristics or circumstances that you did not choose for yourself. This is simply one way to become more aware of the advantages you may take for granted, and how they map to privilege and power in our society.
Interested in learning more? Here are resources for optional further education:
- “How Studying Privilege Systems Can Strengthen Compassion” | Peggy McIntosh at TEDxTimberlaneSchools