Unformatted text preview: ale Pr ivileg e Checklist | Alas, a Blog the most powerful positions of society. And it is women and not men
who suffer the most from intimate violence and rape;7 who are the
most likely to be poor;7 who are, on the whole, given the short end of
Several critics have also argued that the list somehow victimizes
women. I disagree;7 pointing out problems is not the same as
perpetuating them. It is not a “victimizing” position to acknowledge
that injustice exists;7 on the contrary, without that acknowledgment it
isn’t possible to fight injustice.
An internet acquaintance of mine once wrote, “The first big privilege
which whites, males, people in upper economic classes, the able
bodied, the straight (I think one or two of those will cover most of us)
can work to alleviate is the privilege to be oblivious to privilege.” This
checklist is, I hope, a step towards helping men to give up the “first
The Male Privilege Checklist
1. My odds of being hired for a job, when competing against female
applicants, are probably skewed in my favor. The more prestigious
the job, the larger the odds are skewed.
2. I can be confident that my co-
workers won’t think I got my job
because of my sex – even though that might be tr...
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