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The Male Privilege Checklist

In the end however it is men and not women who make

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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 patriarchy’s stick. 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 big privilege.” 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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