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The three articles chosen for my critical examination are as follows Jewish Women and Lacking Class by B Burstow White Privilege and Male Privilege by P McIntosh Homophobia A Weapon of Sexism by S Pharr These three articles have been grouped together due to a common theme they all share The theme is invisibility associated specifically with prejudice privilege and norms Together these three articles should illustrate the tremendous influence of invisibility ie when one cannot see a problem or its origin one cannot relate to it or to its solutions This invisibility has directly defined our societies understanding of normalcy and its effects are twice as damaging as just oppression itself for it hinders the forward progress of prejudice elimination by potentially masking its detrimental effects Burstows article Jewish Women and Lacking Class begins by introducing the concept of invisibility in the oppression of Jewish women Unlike other forms of oppression anti-Semitism is often disregarded as a true form of oppression and this disregard is in itself responsible for a hidden level of prejudice One aspect of the invisible dynamic of Jewish oppression was created through historical intensification For example anti-Semitism was tremendously reinforced in the nineteenth century with the creation of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion This false document meticulously described a Jewish plot to eventually control the world This overthrow would be achieved by the gradual takeover of financial markets and religions Burstow 78 Along with this affair two centuries later was the rise of white supremacist beliefs particularly of the holocaust These horrific ideologies maintained that Jews were outside of the master race thus making them subordinate creatures along with other minorities These two events accompanied by various other historical episodes caused a number of stereotypes and powerful myths to surface Jews are greedy with money they have identifiable characteristics they are arrogant and loud they are dirty etc Another invisible dynamic is
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