|Privilege (was Re: Elevators and exclusions)||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Catya Belfer-Shevett (catyahomeport.org)|
|Date: Sat, 10 May 2008 10:15:42 -0700 (PDT)|
Hi Brian,I think you will get closer to how I understood "Privilege" in context by looking at definitions of "White Privilege" such as http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_privilege and applying that to the ability/disability spectrum.
- catya, who lives in the "invisible disability" part of that particular spectrum.
Brian Bartholomew wrote, On 5/9/2008 4:33 PM:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Privilege A privilege -- etymologically "private law" or law relating to a specific individual -- is a special entitlement or immunity granted by a government or other authority to a restricted group, either by birth or on a conditional basis. A privilege can be revoked in some cases. In modern democracies, a privilege is conditional and granted only after birth. By contrast, a right is an inherent, irrevocable entitlement held by all citizens or all human beings from birth. [...] In a broader sense, 'privilege' can refer to special powers or 'de facto' immunities held as a consequence of political power or wealth. Privilege of this sort may be transmitted by birth into a privileged class or achieved through individual actions. Compare elite. One of the objectives of the French Revolution was the abolition of privilege. This meant the removal of separate laws for different social classes (nobility, clergy and ordinary people), instead subjecting everyone to the same common law. Privileges were abolished by the National Constituent Assembly on August 4, 1789. As I read this definition, the Americans with Disabilities Act is a privilege, and the full use of all four limbs is not a privilege. Could it be that "privilege" is not an accurate term to describe being able-bodied? And since being able-bodied is not a privilege, the social justice rage is misapplied? Brian _________________________________________________________________Cohousing-L mailing list -- Unsubscribe, archives and other info at: http://www.cohousing.org/cohousing-L/
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- Re: Elevators and exclusions, (continued)
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