Though the article carried too much academic jargon, I enjoyed Peggy McIntosh's article about privilege. I tick all the boxes. White, check. Male, check. Old, check. Cis, check. Wealthy, check. It was really interesting to be exposed to the things that I DON'T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT ...
As McIntosh stated in 1990: The pressure to avoid [examining privilege] is great, for in facing
it I must give up the myth of meritocracy. If these things are true,
this is not such a free country; one's life is not what one makes it;
many doors open for certain people through no virtues of their own.
I have known that I have advantages -- privileges -- but I haven't often paused to consider what they HAVEN'T caused me to feel (discomforts, lack of access to housing or medical care). It's amazing how little has changed in the 30 years since her article was published.
The IAT exercises were interesting too... I was surprised that so many people still associate positively with white and euro paradigms.