Do you want to know what it feels like to be marginalized, or marginalized in ways you haven't been before?
My partner, white, young, able-bodied, perceived as a man and as straight and assumed to be religious by many and I were discussing some time ago that he, a passionate social justice activist for the LGBT community and not one to put a label of gender, sexuality or religion on himself, would want to know (not to trivialize the way Tyra Banks does it when she puts on a fat suit ro anything) what it would be like to be a minority, racially or what have you so that he can feel what a racist societal or a sexist societal gaze must be like…Have you ever wondered or thought it’d be helpful to you if you experienced yourself some sort of marginalization, discrimination? Have you ever put yourself in discrimination’s path via being an ally, for example, to a marginalized community or just to gain knowledge? And if you have experienced discrimination, did you wonder or have a better understanding of all discrimination because of your expriences or are some things impossible to compare? and if you have been discriminated against do you wonder or want to know what it feels like to be of a dominant identity or do you think that that wouldn’t be something you’d want to live?
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