Seeing Privilege Where It Isn’t: Marginalized Masculinities and the Intersectionality of Privilege


Bethany Coston, Department of Sociology, Social and Behavioral Sciences Building, State University of New York at Stony Brook, Stony Brook, New York 11794-4356 [e-mail:]


When discussing privilege, we often consider it a zero-sum quantity, one either has it or one does not. Since privilege is distributed along a range of axes, we consider three sites in which male privilege is compromised by marginalization by other statuses: disability status, sexuality, and class. Employing a Symbolic Interactionist approach, derived from Erving Goffman's Stigma (1963), we observe strategies employed by disabled men, gay men and working class men to reduce, neutralize, or resist the problematization of masculinity as a constitutive element of their marginalization by class, sexuality, or disability.