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Dodson 1 Amber Dodson Childress ENGL-1020-024 2/16/2017 Privilege is Not in the Eye of the Beholder Not recognizing a privilege where it exists is like seeing a dying cat on the road, pretending there wasn’t a dying cat, and going about the day as if it was okay to let the cat die so long as you pretended you had no idea it was there. The point is that it’s not okay- to let cats die or to overlook privilege. In Roxanne Gay’s Peculiar Benefits, the author employs personal testimony to compare the ways in which she is both marginalized and privileged- encouraging readers to recognize privilege in their own lives. It’s a social norm to overlook privilege- as though it had a negative connation to it. Gay points out that it can be embarrassing to admit privilege, especially when there are still ways we are marginalized. We analyze privilege as though it dismisses hardship- like admitting having any privilege would make others think we have it easy. Even in the way Gay structures her essay, almost unknowingly, she decides to list the ways she is marginalized first. Gay is a woman, a black woman, born to Haitian parents. It is as though all people, even the author, feel it necessary
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