No, the “A” in LGBTQIA+ doesn’t stand for “Ally.” It stands for Asexual. No, we shouldn’t have a straight pride month. Every month is straight pride month. No, Macklemore isn’t the only artist in hip-hop who cares about gay people. There are a plethora of hip-hop artists who are actually queer and have lots to say on the matter.
Being a good ally doesn’t mean you will tolerate two men kissing in privacy, it means you actively fight the hetero and cis sexist power structure under which we all live. Don’t expect extra points from queer people just for putting up with us.
The people who are actual allies do amazing work for the queer community every day. That being said, they still belong to a privileged class. They never have to explain their orientation or gender to anyone. People assume correctly that they are straight. They don’t have to live within a system that discriminates against them based on their sexual identity. It’s not a bad thing that some people are straight. It’s a bad thing that heterosexuality has benefits everyone else doesn’t get. And, just because an individual works to alleviate that problem, doesn’t mean they are no longer privileged. Hopefully, the future will bring more good allies who can check their privilege and help the world become a better place for everyone.
This video, created by Nate Parish in Block 2 2012, is a comedic critique of beauty product campaigns targeted at male audiences that rely on heterosexist and sexist constructions of heterosexuality and masculinity.
This video, created by Alex Weber in Block 2 2012, is a comedic critique of diet soda commercials, namely Dr. Pepper Ten, that rely on heterosexist and sexist constructions of heterosexuality and masculinity.
This video examines expectations regarding gender and sexuality roles in heterosexual relationships in the college setting. Produced by Hana Wasserman, Breana Taylor, Flora Welsh, and Sarah Tafoya during FYE (Block 1) 2012.
Created by Colorado College students Rebecca Willey (Editor), Katharine Teter (Editorial Assistant), Anna Naden (Journalist), Tucker Hampson (Journalist), and Phoebe Parker-Shames (Graphic Designer)–Block 7 2013
“We titled this magazine Check Yourself, because we all need to be aware of our own particular privileges. The purpose of our magazine is to raise awareness of the many kinds of privilege among college students who already identify as feminists. Sometimes we could all use a good privilege check.”
–Rebecca Willey, Editor