College Dorm Bulletin Board Educates Students on “Heterosexual Privilege”

Step aside, white privilege, and make way for heterosexual privilege. White privilege is like, so last year, yo.

Everyone knows that whites are born privileged. That’s not news anymore. That initial thrill of talking about it is fizzling out. They need something else to talk about. Now they’ve got heterosexual privilege, which actually isn’t really anything new either.

Things that have historically been looked at as perverse for thousands of years are now being pushed as completely normal and beautiful. And things which have been looked at as normal for the past six millennia are now being pushed as perverse. Soon, heterosexual marriages will be hate crimes, and same-sex marriages will be mandatory. I’m only slightly exaggerating. Breitbart reported:

If you’re one of the 600+ students living in Ogg Hall at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, you’ve noticed a bulletin board near the first floor elevators. It wasn’t the board’s colorful design and cutouts that has caused a stir the campus community, it was one of the flaps on the interactive educational piece which defined the term “heterosexual privilege” as “benefits automatically derived from being or being perceived as being heterosexual.”

According to UW Director of Residence Life, Fred Fotis, the typical bulletin board put up in the dorms has to do with issues that are important for the mainly first and second year residents, such as fire safety, study tips, and career exploration. These boards are only allowed to be put up by Housing staff and must be “reviewed by the Residence Life Coordinator, who is the live-in professional staff member in the building.”

“I’m not surprised something like that got put up,” said Zachary VanNatta, a senior majoring in agronomy. “It’s a waste of money and inappropriate for a dorm, especially as university-sanctioned material.”

“I do not mind [the bulletin board] because the purpose of these boards is to educate and make people learn,” said Mohammed Aldolaijan, who lived in Ogg Hall when the bulletin board was up.  Aldolaijan mentioned that the board was in one of the most highly visible spots in the dorm – near the lobby elevators, where almost everyone living or taking classes in the six floor building passes multiple times a day.


Will Doty was also in favor of the bulletin board, which got multiple complaints from both students and parents. “It’s necessary,” said Doty, a sophomore neurobiology major. “Straight folks need to understand a lot of stigma still exists against people who are [LGBTQ] even if it is not hateful.” Doty mentioned that “people misunderstand privilege to be something like an entitlement complex – it’s really an unearned benefit that comes from discrimination.”

Ironically, the whole idea of privilege as something that is derived from one’s race or sexual orientation is discriminatory in nature. All that sort of talk does is further segregate us into starker groups. Saying that white people are born privileged is the same as telling them that they’re actually inferior to every other race. Saying that heterosexual people are privileged is the same as telling them that they’re actually inferior to people who aren’t heterosexual.

People get praised for finding their “true identity.” We’re told that all our identities are equal and beautiful. So, if my “true identity” is a heterosexual, white male, why is that bad? The only identities worth having or “finding” are non-white, non-heterosexual, even non-male. That’s seems pretty discriminatory, racist and sexist. I guess the sooner I come to terms with my straight, white male privilege, the sooner I’ll understand.