“When you’re accustomed to privilege, equality feels like oppression.”
In Loreen Olson’s piece “I’m all for equal rights but don’t call me a feminist,” she describes a study on focus groups comprised of young adults ages 18-30. The participants in the study were asked to give their opinions on the label “feminist” and the ideals of feminism. Reading through the responses from the young adults in the study, responses like “I would rather say that we are people, that we are individuals” and “We’re all just humans” were very common. Participants took feminism and made it a case of human rights as opposed to women’s rights. I think this is very similar to the AllLivesMatter response to the BlackLivesMatter movement. Something to think about.
“Equality can feel like oppression. But it’s not. What you’re feeling is just the discomfort of losing a little bit of your privilege — the same discomfort that an only child feels when she goes to preschool and discovers that there are other kids who want to play with the same toys as she does.”