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Reasons For Lack Of Privilege In The Media Industry

Privilege refers to a group's relative advantage as a result of other groups' discrimination or oppression. When we think of racism and discrimination, we usually think of acts of deliberate cruelty or quantifiable oppression of a disadvantaged group; hurtful words, tasteless jokes, deliberate exclusion from work or school, acts of violence, and so on but, it can also take the form of privileges bestowed on members of a more privileged group.

Simply because someone is fortunate in one area does not rule out the possibility that they are underprivileged in another. To be able to examine our own participation in a system of discrimination and privilege, it is necessary to be aware of the numerous groups to which we belong.

There are many distinct types of privilege, but regardless of how groups are split, examine the following types of privilege:

Education: Having access to higher education comes with a slew of benefits. Educational advantage can lead to a variety of higher-paying jobs. In order to use a PhD to suggest they can offer medical or psychiatric advice, many television and radio show hosts add the prefix "Dr" to their names.

Gender: Masculine people continue to have an advantage over persons of other genders. "Patriarchy" is another term for the systemic operation of masculine privilege. We still see male authority overriding female authority in the media. Men continue to outnumber women in positions of leadership and as news commentators. Onscreen and behind the scenes, men, their experiences, and viewpoints continue to be greatly overrepresented in video games, movies, and television programs. Individuals whose gender identification does not conform to cultural standards are extremely unusual to discover depictions of. When such characters are depicted, their gender nonconformity is usually exploited to induce dread, trepidation, or hilarity, or it may be portrayed as a type of mental illness.

Silence and denial are used to protect privilege. You can't get rid of your privilege, but you can recognize it. We participate in solidarity with those who do not share certain privileges with us when we force privilege into view and address it openly.

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