The Correct Response to “Check Your Privilege.”

The correct response to the injunction “check your privilege” is to deny the assertion of victimary status, the implied presence of supplemental agency beyond mere advantage, and is best captured with the rejoinder

Check your resentment.

6 thoughts on “The Correct Response to “Check Your Privilege.””

  1. Hi, I’ve really been enjoying your blog for the past few months. I know this is a demanding and far reaching question, but is there any chance you could sketch out some very rough recommendations for reading on psychoanalysis as it is effectively applies to criticism?

    1. Thank you Anon – I would recommend a few sources. First, to familiarize yourself with theories of literary criticism check out the yale online http://oyc.yale.edu/english/engl-300#sessions. I think this is also available through itunes university.

      Second, I’d recommend familiarizing yourself with basic Freud (through secondary sources in my opinion, with excerpts from the original), Object Relations, Self Psychology and some of the modern intersubjectivists. This will give you a feel fro the history and breadth of the discourse.

      That should be a good start – best wishes to you.

    1. You’re probably right about that. The part I think is incisive is that you are denying not one fact, but at least two: First, the assertion that one person is privileged and bad. Second, that another is disadvantaged and good.

      Conflating these four qualities creates a story about a victim.

      Accepting the notion of the virtuous victim has traditionally been an indulgence by masters for their slaves.

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