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Deconstructing Privilege (NDC Oslo 2018)

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Can you describe a situation that caused to realize you were privileged?

I have asked many people that question now, and what I have learned is that privilege is an Unconscious Incompetence. Being privileged is a non-event. When we become conscious of it we realize that our privileged experience is not applicable to less privileged people. What happens to them does not happen to us. Only when we become Consciously Incompetent do we realize the need to listen. We need to learn.

In this talk I hope to make you realize that we all have privilege and to start a journey through self reflection to becoming Consciously Incompetent. I hope also to give some indicators and patterns that you can look for in your daily lives to recognize and maybe even to correct imbalances you see.

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Deconstructing Privilege (NDC Oslo 2018)

  1. 1. @pati_gallardo
  2. 2. Going To The Hairdresser @pati_gallardo
  3. 3. Planning a Vacation @pati_gallardo
  4. 4. Deconstructing Privilege @pati_gallardo Patricia Aas NDC OSLO 2018
  5. 5. Patricia Aas - Vivaldi Browser Programmer - mainly in C++ Helped form the organization : #include<C++> Currently : Vivaldi Technologies Previously : Cisco Systems, Knowit, Opera Software Master in Computer Science - main language Java Twitter : @pati_gallardo
  6. 6. The Four Stages of Competence @pati_gallardo
  7. 7. @pati_gallardo IntegratedInformedLearning Unconscious Competence Conscious Competence Conscious Incompetence Wrong Analysis Right Intuition Right Analysis The Four Stages of Competence Unconscious Incompetence Ignorant Wrong Intuition
  8. 8. @pati_gallardo That’s rude! Definitely offensive Maybe offensive? Unconscious Competence Conscious Competence Conscious Incompetence Wrong Analysis Right Intuition Right Analysis Swearing in a Foreign Language Unconscious Incompetence Fun! Wrong Intuition
  9. 9. @pati_gallardo Of course privilege is a factor! Privilege is a factor in society Privilege might be real Unconscious Competence Conscious Competence Conscious Incompetence Wrong Analysis Right Intuition Right Analysis Becoming Conscious of Privilege Unconscious Incompetence Privilege is a myth! Wrong Intuition I don’t believe this is a problem because I don’t experience it!
  10. 10. Conscious Incompetence Results in Listening @pati_gallardo
  11. 11. @pati_gallardo But let’s start from the beginning…
  12. 12. So What Is Privilege? @pati_gallardo
  13. 13. Most people have experienced hardship@pati_gallardo
  14. 14. Privilege is Being Spared a Hardship @pati_gallardo
  15. 15. @pati_gallardo Do you worry about which pronoun you use for your partner?
  16. 16. @pati_gallardo Has anyone at work ever asked you how you have sex with your partner?
  17. 17. @pati_gallardo Has anyone at work ever commented on your weight?
  18. 18. @pati_gallardo Has anyone at work ever asked you what your genitalia looks like?
  19. 19. @pati_gallardo Has anyone ever shushed you in a meeting?
  20. 20. @pati_gallardo Are you expected to always be meek and accommodating?
  21. 21. @pati_gallardo Are certain jobs unavailable to you because of language/accent?
  22. 22. @pati_gallardo Do people ridicule you as a parent because of your gender?
  23. 23. @pati_gallardo Do you get time off for your religious holidays?
  24. 24. @pati_gallardo Do people refuse to use your name? And instead uses painful a name?
  25. 25. @pati_gallardo Have you ever worried about whether you can attend an event?
  26. 26. @pati_gallardo Has anyone asked you if you belonged at an event?
  27. 27. - Sexual Orientation - Gender Identity - Gender - Ability - Age @pati_gallardo Types of Privilege
  28. 28. - Racial / Ethnic - Language - Citizenship - Religion @pati_gallardo Types of Privilege
  29. 29. - Socio-Economic Background - Class / Accent - Education @pati_gallardo Types of Privilege
  30. 30. @pati_gallardo Passing Privilege How arbitrary is privilege?
  31. 31. Privilege is Being Spared a Hardship @pati_gallardo
  32. 32. Problematic Communication @pati_gallardo
  33. 33. @pati_gallardo Patterns in Problematic Communication
  34. 34. Patterns in Problematic Communication - Competitive Communication Style - Downplaying Issues and Concerns - Interpreting POC (and Women) as Angry - Not Trusting Women's Experiences and Expertise https://twitter.com/ErynnBrook/status/1001881209733988352 @pati_gallardo
  35. 35. Examples of Problematic Communication (These are rarely done accidentally or in good faith) (They are often paired with a refusal to back off) @pati_gallardo
  36. 36. Sealioning @pati_gallardo
  37. 37. @malki Wondermark
  38. 38. @pati_gallardo “Sea lioning [...] is a type of trolling or harassment which consists of pursuing people with persistent requests for evidence or repeated questions. The harasser who uses this tactic also uses fake civility so as to discredit their target.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sea_lioning
  39. 39. Mansplaining @pati_gallardo
  40. 40. “The technical definition of mansplaining is when a man explains something to a woman that she already knows, often in a condescending tone.” Erynn Brook @ErynnBrook https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/jun/06/is-th e-term-mansplaining-sexist-google-autocomplete @pati_gallardo
  41. 41. @pati_gallardo When in pain Most people swear
  42. 42. Tone Policing @pati_gallardo
  43. 43. “Drawing attention to the tone rather than content of a statement can allow other parties to avoid engaging with sound arguments presented in that statement, thus undermining the original party's attempt to communicate and effectively shutting them down.” http://geekfeminism.wikia.com/wiki/Tone_argument @pati_gallardo
  44. 44. @pati_gallardo Not All Men An example of tone policing
  45. 45. Patterns in Problematic Communication - Competitive Communication Style - Downplaying Issues and Concerns - Interpreting POC (and Women) as Angry - Not Trusting Women's Experiences and Expertise https://twitter.com/ErynnBrook/status/1001881209733988352 @pati_gallardo
  46. 46. What Can You Do? @pati_gallardo
  47. 47. @pati_gallardo Of course privilege is a factor! Privilege is a factor in society Privilege might be real Unconscious Competence Conscious Competence Conscious Incompetence Wrong Analysis Right Intuition Right Analysis Becoming Conscious of Privilege Unconscious Incompetence Privilege is a myth! Wrong Intuition I don’t believe this is a problem because I don’t experience it!
  48. 48. @pati_gallardo Of course there is inequality! There is inequality There might be inequality Unconscious Competence Conscious Competence Conscious Incompetence Wrong Analysis Right Intuition Right Analysis The Four Stages of Competence Unconscious Incompetence Inequality is a myth! Wrong Intuition I believe this is a problem But I don’t Understand it
  49. 49. Listening & Educating Yourself @pati_gallardo
  50. 50. Become aware that situations that you experience as uneventful can be hostile or even dangerous to others. For no other reason than for example their gender, gender identity, sexuality, skin color or physical/psychological disability. @pati_gallardo
  51. 51. Educate yourself - Use google - read and watch videos - Follow people on Twitter Do not ask minorities to explain or justify. Read what they write without expecting them to teach you.@pati_gallardo How?
  52. 52. Lending Privilege (google it!) @pati_gallardo
  53. 53. Use Your Privilege to Lift Others Up - Partner with them - React when they are ignored - Call out your peers on their prejudice - Sponsoring them by supporting their careers@pati_gallardo
  54. 54. @pati_gallardo
  55. 55. What Is the Impact of Privilege? @pati_gallardo
  56. 56. Privilege is Being Spared a Hardship @pati_gallardo
  57. 57. It doesn’t mean your life was easy, it just means you didn’t get this additional burden @pati_gallardo
  58. 58. Becoming aware of our privileges opens us up to listening & learning @pati_gallardo
  59. 59. @pati_gallardo

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