here is a brief questionnaire to find out if you have been benefiting from societal privilege. check all that apply:
[ ] Are you paid more than a woman for doing the same job?
[ ] Is your form of birth control readily available over the counter at any grocery store, pharmacy, or public bathroom without a prescription?
[ ] Have there been recent attempts by congress to legislate whether or not you are allowed to procure your preferred method of birth control? do you live in fear of the law overturning?
[ ] Are you more likely to be hired for a job than a woman?
[ ] Have you been taught from an early age to never walk alone at night, wear revealing clothing, go to a party alone, leave a drink unattended?
[ ] Has your gender ever been president?
[ ] Are you often judged by your looks rather than your character?
[ ] If you choose not to have children, are you considered a cold or bitter person?
[ ] If you choose to have children, are you expected to sacrifice your career?
[ ] Have you always seen people of your own gender in positions of power or as role models?
[ ] If you choose to engage in consensual sex with multiple partners, are you looked down upon by society, or are you praised?
[ ] If you are proactive, do you fear being called a shrew or a bitch?
[ ] If you decide to remain single, are you a bachelor, or a spinster?
[ ] Is your gender the assumed default for most situations?
[ ] Is your judgment called into question depending on what time of the month it is?
[ ] Do people that you have never spoken to before see you on the street and tell you to smile?
[ ] Is the most offensive stereotype about your gender portrayed in the media that you’re absent-minded or foolish?
[ ] Is your gender well-represented in the media?
[ ] If you are sexually assaulted, is someone going to ask you what you were wearing, if you were drinking, or tell you that you wanted it?
[ ] Are even traumatic events like cancer sexualized by the opposite gender? If you are unsure, look up breast cancer awareness, and compare it with prostate cancer awareness.
[ ] Do you find yourself having to decide if you should speak up about jokes about your gender or the assault of your gender, for fear you may be labeled an uptight feminazi?
[ ] Are you often whistled at or made to feel objectified while walking down the street, standing in line for groceries, or going to the gym?
[ ] Has your doctor ever not taken you seriously because of your gender?
[ ] Are you often told that you do something well ‘for a guy’?
[ ] Do people assume you’re a bad driver because of your gender?
[ ] Are you generally unaware of your privilege?
i am sick of these dudes, the ones who need me to spell it out for them. the ones who think it’s MY job to educate THEM, it’s MY job to tell them where society’s values lie. it’s not MY job.
and here’s the truth, from the bottom of my feminist heart: dudes like this, they don’t care. you can give them 2 or 200 examples of male privilege, and they will still say, ‘but what about me?’ they will find a way to be more oppressed, to tell you that they have nothing.
i have news for you, privilege denying men: your ‘nothing’ is still exponentially more than our everything.