Heya. Wondering about sexism and classism, maybe you can help me if you have time ? I know the cis-white-man is privileged in many, many regards, but the cis-white-man from working class background, does his privilege makes him superior to, say, the upper class cis-white woman ? Because there's this image, RPG-like, that states how white boys are "comfortable, unoppressed" and "never in anything but a position of power" that makes me go "hum, well, what about classism, though ?".
Well … I get uncomfortable with the idea of privilege as a hierarchy, and that is not really the way I understand it at all. I don’t think “superior” is the right term. The white, straight cis man from a middle class background can absolutely experience classism. His privilege simply means that those other identifiers, being cis and white and straight are not going to have a negative impact on his life.
I don’t really see this “never in anything but a position of power” narrative, but it’s undeniable that these people are more likely to have power. They are also more likely to be able to escape poverty or working class backgrounds and “rise” through the ranks to become wealthy or upper middle class.
You are far less likely to see this kind of progress for, as an example, a poor, black, gay, trans woman.
Privilege is about what parts of yourself you do not face discrimination for when others would. It’s not a point system.