ASL sign for PRIVILEGE

Definition: an opportunity to do something special or enjoyable.

E.g. first class travel benefits.


Multiple signs in contexts below refer to the definition as "a special right, advantage, or immunity granted or available only to a particular person or group of people" as in "hearing privilege", "white privilege", etc. Those signs below are often accompanied with other words such as "hearing", "white", etc.

E.g. a hearing person takes an advantage of something that a Deaf person wasn't given the opportunity or same access.

Meaning: Used in "hearing privilege". It refers to how a hearing person is allowed to be privileged.

Used in "hearing privilege". It refers to how a hearing person is enabled in life or is allowed to be privileged.

Variation, less commonly used: Dominant "V" handshape. Not as commonly used as the "1" handshape.

Another semantic variation. E.g. A privileged person doesn't feel or realize their privileges, living a life without recognizing them. [Video contributed by Mateo Bonn, 2017.]

Remember that these signs are used in compound with other words. E.g. "hearing privilege".

Conceptually derived from "hearing first". Neologism explored by Sarah Stadnicki, February 2020.


Related signs: ADVANTAGE, BENEFIT.

Allyship

What is hearing privilege and some examples?

Learn how to be part of allyship if you are hearing. And, the term "allyship" is used instead of "ally".

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