If we can't talk about the way the world around us enforces and reinforces systems of oppression,
we can't even begin to understand our part in them.
Your Privilege Is Showing is an intensive, interactive workshop that creates a safe framework for participants to have open and personal conversations about privilege and oppression. Led by a trained facilitator, Your Privilege Is Showing challenges its participants to let their thinking evolve about the ways in which they have participated and still participate in systems of oppression. This game based approach empowers players to show vulnerability and grace when engaging with large and complex societal issues, and helps players navigate the inevitable shame that arises when we consider our own culpability in systems of oppression.
While there is a way to win the game, even in winning, Your Privilege Is Showing makes it clear that one does not win at social justice.
The best that one can do is continue to engage, while forgiving themselves and others for their mistakes. Participants can be open to the idea that they may be wrong and that their perspectives are not the only perspectives that need to be considered. They can recognize that the way to dismantle systemic oppression starts with recognizing how it exists in each of us.
Your Privilege Is Showing takes present day examples of sexism, racism, heterosexism, misogyny, ableism, as well as other forms of privilege, and asks participants to identify what kinds of bias are in operation and how to interrupt that behavior. The simulation also has mechanisms built in to discuss other participant’s choices, and disagreements.
We all need to be better, we want to be better, but we don’t know how to start. I wanted to make sure we have a place to begin. That’s why I created Your Privilege Is Showing.