Thank you for the information! Yeah, it seems like the privilege I hear a lot about now is a lot more in depth and complex than the "there's starving people in Africa so eat your food" priviledge stereotype from my childhood.
Definitely. And it totally depends on the society you live in. I can positively state that ours is still immature and delves into its own problems, more similar to the third-world than to the first-world problems so the focus is different. Also, we're not very exposed to the issues that spark discussion and awareness about the privileges. Not only our society is more homogeneous, it also tends to completely isolate the (minority) groups it has problems with (in our cases - the gypsies), thus avoiding contact with them and it shuts its eyes about the potential problems that have to be solved. Moreover, during the communist regime religion was de facto banned. So people are not very religious and even if they are, it's the orthodox church, it's not the same as the catholic or protestant, here the church was never before the state, it just doesn't have the same influence and impact in everyday life. So the whole background is very different than the one in the United States and the notion of privilege has a different context here. Not that global issues are not valid, just the nuances change the whole perception of the theme.
Let me give you an example Team France won FIFA World Cup and the majority of the team were people whose parents or grand-parents came from African countries (so they are black) but they are French, they are born in France and their nationality is French. So, France is in the Westernmost part of Europe, my country is in the Easternmost and my country didn't even participate in the Cup and still a lot of people deemed right to joke about the colour of the French players and state those people are Africans and not real Frenchmen and saying all kind of nasty things. I've got friends from France, they doesn't have a problem with the origins and the colour of the players and consider them Frenchmen. But my compatriots don't. And it's not even their country, not their business but they fervently argue about it. So being black in France may not make you as unprivileged (mind you, French people have a lot of issues with foreigners) as being black in my country. Being gay in Western Europe may not be a problem, being gay in my country could literally put your life in danger. Being woman in the States may mean you're unprivileged in one way, being woman here means on top of everything else you're mostly not protected by the law when in comes to domestic violence, and domestic violence is huge problem, studies say one of every three women is a victim (and we know there are a lot more cases nobody hears of because the victims never admit), in recent months there were six cases of women killed by their partners (we're a country of 7 millions) etc. Still, those problems are not in the agenda of the society at all.
Sorry about the long post