15 instances of male privilege in our society conveniently ignored by men
Male privilege, what male privilege? You must have heard of this phrase a zillion times by men who are unaware of the social, economic and political advantages they enjoy based on their sex. To make matters easy for such unassuming men, here are some instances of male privilege which happen in our day-to-day lives.
The odds of being hired for a job, when competing against female applicants, are probably skewed in the favor of males. The more prestigious the job, the larger the odds are skewed.
2. Males are far less likely to face sexual harassment than their female peers.
3. On average, men are taught that walking alone after dark by themselves is less than dangerous than it is for their female peers
4. If men choose not to have children, their masculinity will not be questioned
5. If men have children and a career, no one will think they are selfish for not staying at home.
6. If men seek political office, their relationship with their children or who they deem to take care of them will more often not be scrutinized by the press.
7. As a child, chances are, that men are encouraged to be more active and outgoing than their sisters.
8. As a child, men could choose from an almost infinite variety of children’s media featuring positive, active, non-stereotyped heroes of their own sex. They never have to look for it; male protagonists were (and are) the default.
9. If their day, week or year is going badly, they need not be asked of each negative episode or situation whether or not it has sexist overtones. Nobody’s going to ask men, if they are upset because they are menstruating.
10. If men are careless with their driving it won’t be attributed to their sex.
11. Even if they sleep with a lot of women, there is little to no chance that they will be seriously labeled a “slut,” nor is there any male counterpart to “slut-bashing.”
12. They do not have to worry about the message their wardrobe sends about their sexual availability.
13. The grooming regimen expected of men is relatively cheap and consumes little time.
14. A man can be loud with no fear of being called a shrew. He can be aggressive with no fear of being called a bitch.
15. If a man has children with his girlfriend or wife, he can expect her to do most of the basic childcare such as changing diapers and feeding.
Did this ring a bell? Sounds familiar? This is how skewed matters are, in a male dominated society. It would be great if males could just accept that they are privileged in so many spheres. Until and unless this acceptance is not gained, we can not work towards a society that treats males and females equal.