Managing Information (and Privilege)June 1, 200
Guest posts by Ian Ayres and Jennifer Gerarda Brown, authors of Straightforward: How to Mobilize Heterosexual Support for Gay Rights.Princeton University Press, 2005. ISBN-13: 978-0691121345
As Larry mentioned, we’ve just published Straightforward – which makes the argument that mobilizing heterosexual support is crucial to making progress on securing equal rights for gay, lesbian, and bisexual citizens. The book is packed with advice about what people can do – on personal and public levels.
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The first chapter of our book discusses how we might set out to manage heterosexual privilege. We highlight three approaches: exploiting, renouncing, and disabling privilege. We also suggest informational strategies for implementing each approach. We’ll try to suggest factors that counsel allies to speak out specifically as heterosexuals, and others that suggest it’s better to leave sexual orientation ambiguous.