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Deconstructing Privilege by Kim Case

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ARE WE QUEER YET?

Addressing Heterosexual and Gender-Conforming Privilege

Markie L. C. Blumer, Mary S. Green, Nicole L. Thomte, and Parris M. Green

 

Members of many contemporary societies continue to live in a world that privileges heterosexuality and gender conformity. Heterosexual privilege includes unearned benefits afforded to those with a heterosexual orientation and defines the sexual orientation norm (Griffin, D'Errico, Harro, & Schiff, 2007). Gender-conforming privilege “refers to unearned benefits awarded to those whose internal gender identity, perceived gender, and/or expressed gender matches cultural gender expectations for their [assigned] biological sex” (Case, Kanenberg, Erich, & Tittsworth, 2012, p. 147). Dominant groups maintain ...

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