'Heterosexual privilege' board displayed in Univ. of Wisconsin residence hall
- A “Heterosexual privilege” bulletin board was approved by the university’s Residence Life Coordinator for display in a freshman hall on campus
- The board claimed that heterosexuals or those perceived as being heterosexual automatically benefit from their sexual persuasion.
“Heterosexual privilege” is the newest trend beginning at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW) thanks to a bulletin board exhibited in one of the campus’s residence halls.
Ogg Hall, home to many first and second-year students, prominently displayed the heterosexual privilege board so that students could read about “benefits automatically derived from being or being perceived as being heterosexual.”
In an interview with Breitbart, UW Director of Residence Life Fred Fotis said that residence hall bulletin boards are 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.”
Jonathan Kaiser, a political science and economics junior at UW, told Campus Reform that he believes the board is a politically driven, inappropriate display. He said he wasn’t surprised the school allowed the bulletin board, though, because the University of Wisconsin—Madison has previously created sex and abortion boards for its residence halls and held meetings in the residence lobbies about these political topics.
“I told the school it will never get any of my money as long as things like this are happening,” Kaiser said in an interview with Campus Reform. “Young, vulnerable students will think, ‘oh, it’s horrible they have all this privilege,’” he said. “It’s not rational.”
Will Doty, a neurobiology student at UW told Breitbart that, “Straight folks need to understand a lot of stigma still exists against people who are [LGBTQ] even if it is not hateful.” According to Doty, “people misunderstand privilege to be something like an entitlement complex – it’s really an unearned benefit that comes from discrimination.”
Lauren Kaberlein, a UW sophomore, told Breitbart that the school’s displays should relate to resident life and not one-sided talking points. She said UW’s display of the heterosexual privilege material targeted heterosexuals because they supposedly get “special treatment.”
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