Privilege is a tricky subject. It leads to such troubling, yet loaded from a certain perspective, questions such as whether it is possible to not be racist and be white. Privilege is a state of being that is out of the control of the one who exhibits it. Privilege, from a psychopathic worldview, is having an unfair advantage in the game of life without any of your own skill. The psychopath may not be troubled by this unfair advantage if it leads to desired results, but it is still against the spirit of gamesmanship that many psychopaths live by. Males have privilege that females do not. Whites have privilege that blacks do not. Christians have privilege, in many areas, that atheists do not. The cisgender have privilege that the transgender do not. So on and so forth.
So what of the transgenderist? For the transgender male they have come into privilege that they did not posses prior. For the transgender female, they yield privilege. Such are side effects of presenting a different sex and gender inconsistent with what is expected from birth. The vast majority of transgenderists probably do not consider such elevation or deflation of privilege in their calculations when deciding to transition. Mitigating the dysphoria is the top priority. However, could this privilege be gamed and are some right to point out that such privilege shifts are detrimental to marginalized groups? [Read more…]