The first time I heard the word privilege used in place of an -ist word, I thought it was a great refinement. Instead of “racist” you can have “white privilege.” Instead of being “weightist” you can “thin privilege,” instead of being a “male chauvinist” you have “male privilege.” It works for just about everything, and as such it’s been overused.
Danah Boyd, author, researcher, and professor — which makes her more qualified than me to comment on just about anything — asks: “Is the Oculus Rift sexist?”
And what follows is not what you would expect. It’s not a diatribe against game hardware or another fight over masculine dominance of video games. Instead, it’s a discussion of how men and women apparently perceive depth cues differently, a detail the Rift designers may have missed if their testing pool is male-centric. It’s a reminder that biology is complex, audiences diverse, and everything you think you know is wrong.
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