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Yasmine Hallab’s Response to AUB Outlook’s Homophobic Article


Hey, are you straight?  If so, then congratulations: you have access to a very different kind of privilege than that which most people generally talk about. People at AUB have the privilege of being literate (…well, most of us do – right, Mohamad Sibai?) and educated, but some of us walk around entirely unaware of just how easy we’ve got it as straight people on campus.  No worries, Sibai made it all too clear that it’s time to burst that ignorant bubble.  So, adapted from MIT’s “Heterosexual privilege checklist,” here’s a list of what privilege looks and feels like when you’re straight.

  Heterosexual Privilege Checklist

On a daily basis as a heterosexual person,

  1. I am not asked to think about why I am straight or defend my heterosexuality.
  2. No matter where I am, I can be pretty sure that everyone around me will be comfortable with my sexual orientation.
  3. I do not have to fear that if my family or friends find out about my sexual orientation there will be economic, emotional, physical or psychological consequences.
  4. I am not accused of being abused, warped or psychologically confused because of my sexual orientation.
  5. I can go home from most meetings, classes, and conversations without feeling excluded, fearful, attacked, isolated, outnumbered, unheard, held at a distance, stereotyped or feared because of my sexual orientation.
  6. If I pick up a magazine, watch TV, or play music, I can be certain my sexual orientation will be represented.
  7. I am guaranteed to find people of my sexual orientation represented in the AUB curriculum, faculty, and administration.
  8. I can easily find a religious community that will not exclude me for being heterosexual.
  9. My masculinity/femininity or general humanity is not challenged because of my sexual orientation.
  10. I have the privilege of being unaware of my heterosexual privilege.
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