Friday, July 31, 2009

Owning Heterosexual Privilege: What If Gay Were Considered The Norm?

No matter how empathetic a heterosexual person is, they can never truly understand the persecution that gays and lesbians go through.  The following video asks us to image a different world – a world where gay is the norm and heterosexual is considered “other”.

I cannot imagine a society in which I would have to hide my love for fear of rejection, or in some cases violence because this has never been a part of my life. I have always known that my relationship would be validated because we privilege heterosexuality. I have never feared owning my relationship publicly.

No one deserves to be “othered,” because of their sexual orientation and I do believe this video gives heterosexual people a small taste of what life would be like if suddenly their/our love was considered unnatural, or unworthy.  It is privilege that normally causes us to avoid placing ourselves in untenable positions that we are often all ready to create for those that we consider to be other.

H/T QueersUnited