Straight White Male: The lowest difficulty setting there is.

This article, Straight White Male: The lowest difficulty there is has been passed around in the Twitterverse for the past week or so.  I think it does a very good job explaining the concept of 'privilege.'  If life was a video game, being a straight white male would be the lowest difficulty setting, the easiest way to play the game with all else being equal.  

To me, there's something missing though.  As a straight white male, I realize I have things very easy.  But things would be even easier if I was Christian or even just religious.

It'd be easy to throw up my arms and say it is all part of God's plan and just assume I'll be rewarded with eternal life in heaven.

It'd be easy to be part of the majority and not part of a minority studies have shown to be the least trusted in America.

What do you think?  Is being non-religious somewhat equivalent (in terms of privilege) to being non-straight, non-white and non-male?

NB: If you don't agree with the concept of 'privilege' at all, there's no point in commenting on this.

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Comment by archaeopteryx on May 25, 2012 at 4:00pm

The pathetic part Karen, is that we Humans feel so badly about ourselves we must put down others to build ourselves up. I was reading an article today on Hinduism, that said the first thing a Hindu mother does, is whisper into her baby's ear, "You are perfect --"

I'm thinking we could use a little more of that, and a little less belief in the idea that we are all born evil, as Original Sin implies. Compare the Hindu mother with a Mexican grandmother, whom I personally know, who rubbed her new, baby grandson all over, with an egg, to remove the evil, then cracked the egg and disposed of it (and the evil, I must presume).

Comment by John Kelly on May 25, 2012 at 6:18pm

One of the books I am going through with my multicultural counseling class lays out a format with an acronym ADDRESSING.

Age and Generational

Disabilities -

Disabilities -

Religion and Spiritual                                                  

Ethnicity and Race

Socioeconomic Status

Sexual Orientation

Indigenous Heritage

National Origin


For each category of underprivilege, a star is marked next to the letter.  The combination of stars is called your constellation.  I think these match the difficulty settings in the game a bit better than the article, but I think it is an important analogy to draw from and perfect.  Given that we have no religious orientation, my departure from the original Hays format would be to mark two stars under religion.   

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