(noun) A member of a dominant out-group with a privileged status (e.g. male, heterosexuals) that supports efforts to eliminate the systemic oppression that grants them greater power and privilege.
Example: A man that supports through activism gendered violence causes such as Walk a Mile in Her Shoes or a heterosexual that speaks out for marriage equality for gays and lesbians.
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- Plural: allies
- Since people simultaneously inhabit various statuses they are allies in different circumstances.
- Allies challenge their own behaviors and bias while challenging others to do the same.
- A type of achieved status and individual.