“We need to be clear that there is no such thing as giving up one’s privilege to be ‘outside’ the system. One is always in the system. The only question is whether one is part of the system in a way that challenges or strengthens the status quo. Privilege is not something I take and which therefore have the option of not taking. It is something that society gives me, and unless I change the institutions which give it to me, they will continue to give it, and I will continue to have it, however noble and equalitarian my intentions.”
– Harry Brod (1989) ‘Work Clothes and Leisure Suits: The Class Basis and Bias of the Men’s Movement’. in Men’s Lives. (ed.) Michael S. Kimmel and Michael Messner. New York: Macmillan
UnLearn was a society-in-making at the University of Sussex, aimed at tackling issues surrounding privilege on campus; raising questions about identity that are often taken for granted by those in the majority. The society devised a poster campaign to “Raise awareness about taken for granted privilege amongst students at the University of Sussex. Encouraging the students to use their intellectual platform, the University itself, to bring privilege into the forefront of their thinking.”
I designed mock-up posters for the campaign.
Sadly, the society never had a chance to begin…