July 9, 2011

“What’s it like being White today?” Chris Rock asked his friend Louis C.K. Ask yourself that. Ask yourself: “What’s it like being a man today?” Or, “What’s it like being straight today?”

It’s pretty nice…because those are the privileged in our society. For example, “Me, Simone Joyaux…I’m a white, heterosexual, well-educated, affluent woman. I win. Except for gender.” Because it’s an advantage to be white and heterosexual and well educated and affluent. But it’s a disadvantage to be a woman in every country in the world.

Do you examine your own privilege? Do you wonder what it’s like being Black or gay or…?

I pondered all this once again. This time while driving and listening to Terry Gross’ Fresh Air on NPR. She was interviewing Louis C.K.

Filed under: Social Commentary

About Simone Joyaux

A consultant specializing in fund development, strategic planning, and board development, Simone P. Joyaux works with all types and sizes of nonprofits, speaks at conferences worldwide, and teaches in the graduate program for philanthropy at Saint Mary’s University, MN. Her books, Keep Your Donors and Strategic Fund Development, are standards in the field.

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