Privacy

[Privacy] is rarely enjoyed by women or transgender men and women, queer people or people of color. When you are an Other, you are always in danger of having your body or some other intimate part of yourself exposed in one way or another. A stranger reaches out and touches a pregnant woman’s belly. A man walking down the street offers an opinion on a woman’s appearance or implores her to smile. A group of teenagers driving by as a person of color walks on a sidewalk shout racial slurs, interrupting their quiet.

—Roxane Gay[1]

Privacy activists against the NSA.[2]

Privacy is both the privilege and right of control over one's own personal intimate information.

Access to the privilege is modulated by both the laws of a country and by the intersectional place an individual inhabits in the matrix of oppression. With decreasing privacy comes decreasing sense of self, of independence, and of freedom — with increasing privacy comes more a sense of power, of self-determination, and of internal locus of control.

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