For Assignment 1 answer the questions provided and assignment 2 follow the guidelines in the module.


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Chapter Seven
• Systems organized around privilege have three factors:
• They are dominated by privileged groups
• Identified with privileged groups
• Centered on privileged groups
• The characteristics support the idea that members of privileged groups are
superior to those below them, therefore, deserve the advantages that come
with it!
• In the system of privilege, power is to be held by members of dominant
groups, and to be identified with them in ways that make it seem appropriate
for them to have it.
• Ex: Patriarchy
• Power is gendered through its cultural association with men and manhood,
making it look natural on a man but unusual on a women.
• Woman tend to have to satisfy the requirements of manhood even though
she is not male.
• Q: When Hillary Clinton was running for president did she prove that she
could satisfy the requirements of manhood?
• Male-dominated system: The higher up you go in the power structure you’ll
find men and the further you look down, the more numerous women are.
• Male-dominated systems:
• Every man can identify with power as a cultural value associated with
• Encourages a sense of entitlement in expecting women to meet men’s
personal needs, whether listening or getting coffee or providing sex.
• Women are challenged when it comes to identification of power.
• Example: Female professors
• Questioned by colleagues
• Questioned by students, especially male (through interruption, commenting
on her physical appearance or turn away, roll their eyes, go to sleep, or by
holding side conversations)
• Privileged groups are considered to be the standard of what is considered
normal and socially valued. (Ex: White, Males,Non-disabled)
• In a patriarchal culture, to be male is to be human, while women are merely
• Male identification is woven into every aspect of social life. Most high-status
occupations are organized around qualities associated with masculinity and
manhood, such as aggression, competitiveness, emotional detachment, and
• Women will not likely succeed because by emphasizing their capacity for
cooperation, sharing, emotional sensitivity, and nurturing.
• If women pursue a more masculine path towards success, they open
themselves to being judged as not feminine enough –uncaring, cold, a bitch.
(Hillary Clinton)
• Women aren’t able to have a “career” due to the timing of key stages in the
route to success. It makes it impossible to have both a career and a family
without someone to take care of the children and other domestic
• The author believes that, “despite all the talk about “the new fatherhood,” this
almost always means a woman. Q: What are your thoughts about this?
• Who in society is at the center of attention? It would be the privileged groups such
as whites, men, upper-class, non-disabled.
• Systems of privilege center on dominant groups.
• Movie Experiment:
• It is rare to see a film or television show in which the most powerful character is
identified as female, gay, lesbian, transgender, with a disability, working class, or
African American, Latino or Asian, or if they are, to have them still be alive when
the credits roll.
• Working-class characters are rarely the focus, and when they do appear they are
typically portrayed as criminals or as ignorant, crude, bigoted, shallow, and
• If a film focuses on people in subordinate groups they are likely to be tagged
as “women’s films” or “black films” or “gay films” or “lesbian films”.
• “Although benefiting from privilege doesn’t make someone a bad person, it
does mean that no member of a dominant group escapes having issues of
privilege to deal with both internally and in relation to the world around them.
The system of privilege was handed to us when we were children with no
sense of what was wise and good to take into ourselves and what was not.
And so we accepted it, uncritically, unknowingly, even innocently, but accept it
we did. It was not our fault. We have no reason to feel guilty about it,
because we did not do anything. But now it is there for us to deal with, just as
it is there for women, people of color, people with disabilities, people who are
LGBT, who also did nothing to deserve the oppression that so profoundly
shapes their lives.”
Answer the following questions:
Assignment ONE
1. How can individuals learn to talk about injustice and remain
2. What do we gain when we learn about the lived experiences
of other people?
3. How is empathy a seed of social action?
Assignment Two Instructions: (25 points) You must have a minimum of 5-10
• Students will work independently.
• Prepare a PowerPoint about a local social service organization that gives
support for one of the “isms” that was summarized in the
PowerPoints/book. (Ex: Racism, Sexism, Classism, Ableism, Ageism and so
on…) Address the following:
o Provide a description of the “ism” you choose to target.
o Provide a brief description of the organization and the population(s)
the organization serves.
o Present the mission of the organization and identify what social
justice issues the organization strives to address.
o Describe the major strategies or interventions the organization
utilizes to address social justice issues.
o Identify the potential strengths and limitations of the organization’s
approach to social justice, including any ethical considerations.

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