Dominant Group

A group that has power over another group, examples include white people (who have power over other ethnicities) and men (who have power over women). The ultimate dominant group in the UK are white, upper/middle class, non-disabled, heterosexual, cis (identify as the same gender that they were assigned at birth), middle-aged men – sometimes referred to as ‘default man’. Default man does not face any systemic oppression, as others do. The closer you are to default man, the more privileged you are considered to be. Not all default men exploit others, and sometimes people who are exploited and dominated in turn exploit and dominate others. It is a complex picture.