Porter and Steve discuss privilege and how it can play out in our imaginary worlds as well as the real one. What role does oppression play in our imaginations? Join us in examining the impact of the statuses we hold on the worlds we build and the characters we make.

Steve Discont can found on twitter at @bearlynormal, and Porter Green at @DagmarRugosa.

You can go to the following URLs or research articles to learn about some of the topics discussed in this episode:

Privilege, Power, and Oppression: Johnson, A. G. (2018). Privilege, power and difference (3rd ed.). Boston, MA: McGraw-Hill.

Causes for racial differences in cognitive testing: Outtz, J. L., & Newman, D. A. (2010). A theory of adverse impact. In J. L. Outtz (Ed.), Adverse impact: Implications for organizational staffing and high stakes selection (pp. 53-94). New York: Taylor & Francis.

Belonging Outside Belonging – Avery Alder’s Dream Askew, and Benjamin Rosenbaum’s Dream Apart

One Shot Podcast’s run of Dream Apart: Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3

“May I Play a Character From Another Race?” by James Mendez Hodes

“The Sugarcoated Language of White Fragility” by Anna Kegler

White fragility: The works of Robin DiAngelo, PhD

Racism in Fantasy Race building:

Monson, M. J. (2012). Race-Based Fantasy Realm: Essentialism in the World of Warcraft. Games and Culture, 7(1), 48–71. https://doi.org/10.1177/1555412012440308
Race: the Original Sin of the Fantasy Genre By Paul B Sturtevant

One comment on “Episode 11: Privilege

  1. Judith says:

    Hi and thank you for the great episode!
    As you invited us to comment, I would like to do so. My husband is a stutterer, and while the stammer is not really noticable in relaxed situations, it gets stronger when he is in tense situations. This never held him back from giving science talks in English (we’re not native speakers) or RPG panels and workshops or even readings from our novels. Of course people perveice it as insecurity – but to be honest, everyone is nervous in front of a big crowd, but we as non-stutterer are judged less for our “ehms” and “errrhs”. 😉 So, stammer is always taken as social anxiety or social awkwardness which it is not.
    I’m not telling you not to larp as a character with a stammer, not at all! But I was thinking about what you said, and I thought “If Christian would have been on that larp, he would have x-carded an arftificial stammer on a larp character.” It’s just a really tense situation for him when people imitate stammer. I would not tell you “please don’t”, because as long as everyone is comfortable with that trait of your character, why not? And I think you’d be cool with it when anyone tells you “Would you mind not doing this when playing with me?” So, yes, I’m very much all for “messy learning”, as Avery Alder says, and experiencing new angles and perspectives in RPG as long as we reflect that we are privileged in different ways and might have to step back from certain concept or traits when we discover that they are hurtful for someone around us no matter how carefully we tread.
    I give workshops on diversity and representation in RPG, and recently, a Black woman spoke up and said that she is really uncomfortable when players announce that they’ll play a Black character and that the safe space of her gaming table turns into a very tense situation for her, and I think this is a clear case for a safety tool or a conversation within the group to make sure everyone is feeling safe and comfortable.
    So, thank you for the insightful podcast, rock on!

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