In an age where those born into privilege are asked to recognize, and acknowledge that, the concept extends far beyond any discussion of race. One internet user requested we talk about top privilege, as well as body elitism, while psychologist Matthew Dempsey talks about our natural advantage in life from being attractive.
We’re expecting opinion pieces on ‘hung privilege’ and ‘slag supremacy’ soon.
Dempsey describes the unearned advantages pretty people receive, as party invites, job offers, and getting asked out more. And people watching your YouTube videos? Matt openly acknowledges that he’s attractive, so we’re sure he understands that half his followers wouldn’t have watched his vlogs to begin with, if he hadn’t been “born under a lucky star” (lol).
He goes on to say that:
“So you might be watching this after a couple minutes and thinking, ‘Why am I watching this douchebag talk about how attractive he is and how easy his life has been?’ Totally get it.
“Listen, my intention here is not to brag, I promise because I recognize that I’m putting an easy target on my back for people to just drag me for days and tell me that I am no Pietro Boselli. I know that I am no Pietro Boselli!”
But like, is Pietro Boselli special or something? Sure he’s got a rock hard body (if that’s what you’re into), but facially… plain. Kinda looks like one of those Mount Rushmore drag queens whose faces are made of rock.
And this is perhaps where the problem with ‘pretty privilege’ lies: who decides what is attractive and what isn’t? And at what level of attractiveness are you guilty of reaping the benefits of pretty privilege? I made myself kinda cute one time, and got invited to a sloppy sex party… am I privileged?
What about someone who is truly attractive, but has so many issues that they don’t believe they are. Are they still guilty of pretty privilege?
Dempsey goes on to say that by recognizing pretty privilege you acknowledge the struggle and validate the feelings of ugly people. Awww, sweet.
But to be honest, I think it would be shrewder to acknowledge a idea like ‘preteen privilege’: where those who were raised by both parents in a loving and healthy relationship, and with minimal trauma, mental damage and stress grow up to walk through life far more leisurely. That affords them things like confidence, (which leads many average looking people to believe they are “pretty” in the first place); a confidence that undoubtedly aids them in receiving pretty privilege.
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