Situational privilege occurs when the marginalized parts of a person’s identity are privileged in a specific situation.  For example, women have situational privilege around children, but are a generally “unprivileged” gender in our society. Relative privilege occurs when the privileged parts of a person’s identity bestow privilege within a marginalized population. For example, a straight, white woman would have relative privilege among women because of the “privileged” straight and white identities not possessed by some. To read more about situational and relative privilege from the Shakesville Blog, click here.

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