Should Privilege Be Defined Based On Gender, Age, Ethnicity, And Economic Status

714 Words Nov 2nd, 2016 3 Pages
Remember when you were growing up and you were growing up and your older sibling would be able to go out and you would be stuck in the house because you were younger? This is privilege because your parents felt that you were not mature enough so your sibling was able to benefit from your parents actions. There are many ways that privilege can be defined based on gender, age, ethnicity, and economic status. ( Example) . But what does privilege really mean? Throughout the rest of this essay we will look at the origin of privilege and the many meanings that individuals have came up with. The word privilege is a noun, and comes from the latin word privilegium meaning bill or law. The word was first used in 1387 by St. John’s cambr. The root private means private and the suffix leg means law. The definition of privilege according to the oxford dictionary is “A right, advantage, or immunity granted to or enjoyed by an individual, corporation of individuals, etc., beyond the usual rights or advantages of others; spec.”
When thinking about privilege the first thing that comes to mind is one person being able to do something other can not. To understand how different the meaning of the word privilege for individuals was I asked “ What does privilege mean to you?”. When interviewing a 19 year old college student from Chabot college what privilege was to her, she said “ The ability to do anything you want without consequences.” This was interesting because when asked to elaborate…

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