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 true. (More).
3. If I am never promoted, it’s not because of my sex.
4. If I fail in my job or career, I can feel sure this won’t be seen as a black mark against my entire sex’s capabilities.
5. I am far less likely to face sexual harassment at work than my female co-workers are. (More).
6. If I do the same task as a woman, and if the measurement is at all subjective, chances are people will think I did a better job.
7. If I’m a teen or adult, and if I can stay out of prison, my odds of being raped are relatively low. (More).
8. On average, I am taught to fear walking alone after dark in average public spaces much less than my female counterparts are.
9. If I choose not to have children, my masculinity will not be called into question.
10. If I have children but do not provide primary care for them, my masculinity will not be called into question.
11. If I have children and provide primary care for them, I’ll be praised for extraordinary parenting if I’m even marginally competent. (More).
12. If I have children and a career, no one will think I’m selfish for not staying at home.
13. If I seek political office, my relationship with my children, or who I hire to take care of them, will probably not be scrutinized by the press.
14. My elected representatives are mostly people of my own sex. The more prestigious and powerful the elected position, the more this is true.
15. When I ask to see “the person in charge,” odds are I will face a person of my own sex. The higher-up in the organization the person is, the surer I can be.
16. As a child, chances are I was encouraged to be more active and outgoing than my sisters. (More).
17. As a child, I could choose from an almost infinite variety of children’s media featuring positive, active, non-stereotyped heroes of my own sex. I never had to look for it; male protagonists were (and are) the default.
18. As a child, chances are I got more teacher attention than girls who raised their hands just as often. (More).
19. If my day, week or year is going badly, I need not ask of each negative episode or situation whether or not it has sexist overtones.
20. I can turn on the television or glance at the front page of the newspaper and see people of my own sex widely represented.
21. If I’m careless with my financial affairs it won’t be attributed to my sex.
22. If I’m careless with my driving it won’t be attributed to my sex.
23. I can speak in public to a large group without putting my sex on trial.
24. Even if I sleep with a lot of women, there is no chance that I will be seriously labeled a “slut,” nor is there any male counterpart to “slut-bashing.” (More).
25. I do not have to worry about the message my wardrobe sends about my sexual availability. (More).
26. My clothing is typically less expensive and better-constructed than women’s clothing for the same social status. While I have fewer options, my clothes will probably fit better than a woman’s without tailoring. (More).
27. The grooming regimen expected of me is relatively cheap and consumes little time. (More).
28. If I buy a new car, chances are I’ll be offered a better price than a woman buying the same car. (More).
29. If I’m not conventionally attractive, the disadvantages are relatively small and easy to ignore.
30. I can be loud with no fear of being called a shrew. I can be aggressive with no fear of being called a bitch.
31. I can ask for legal protection from violence that happens mostly to men without being seen as a selfish special interest, since that kind of violence is called “crime” and is a general social concern. (Violence that happens mostly to women is usually called “domestic violence” or “acquaintance rape,” and is seen as a special interest issue.)
32. I can be confident that the ordinary language of day-to-day existence will always include my sex. “All men are created equal,” mailman, chairman, freshman, he.
33. My ability to make important decisions and my capability in general will never be questioned depending on what time of the month it is.
34. I will never be expected to change my name upon marriage or questioned if I don’t change my name.
35. The decision to hire me will not be based on assumptions about whether or not I might choose to have a family sometime soon.
36. Every major religion in the world is led primarily by people of my own sex. Even God, in most major religions, is pictured as male.
37. Most major religions argue that I should be the head of my household, while my wife and children should be subservient to me.
38. If I have a wife or live-in girlfriend, chances are we’ll divide up household chores so that she does most of the labor, and in particular the most repetitive and unrewarding tasks. (More).
39. If I have children with my girlfriend or wife, I can expect her to do most of the basic childcare such as changing diapers and feeding.
40. If I have children with my wife or girlfriend, and it turns out that one of us needs to make career sacrifices to raise the kids, chances are we’ll both assume the career sacrificed should be hers.
41. Assuming I am heterosexual, magazines, billboards, television, movies, pornography, and virtually all of media is filled with images of scantily-clad women intended to appeal to me sexually. Such images of men exist, but are rarer.
42. In general, I am under much less pressure to be thin than my female counterparts are. (More). If I am fat, I probably suffer fewer social and economic consequences for being fat than fat women do. (More).
43. If I am heterosexual, it’s incredibly unlikely that I’ll ever be beaten up by a spouse or lover. (More).
44. Complete strangers generally do not walk up to me on the street and tell me to “smile.” (More: 12).
45. Sexual harassment on the street virtually never happens to me. I do not need to plot my movements through public space in order to avoid being sexually harassed, or to mitigate sexual harassment. (More.)
45. On average, I am not interrupted by women as often as women are interrupted by men.
46. I have the privilege of being unaware of my male privilege.
This isn’t just MALE privilege, but the fact that in almost every movie/tv show where they show the US president, he’s a white man. There are a few cases where he’s a black man, and maybe one or two where she’s a white woman. And I don’t think I’ve ever heard of any non-white female presidents, trans* presidents, or lgbt etc. presidents in movies. And some people might argue that it’s that way because the majority of our presidents have been white men. But it’s a show where you can create whatever you want, and maybe there are aliens and talking animals, but somehow a non white male president is too crazy for you?
“The term boy is reserved for young males, bellhops, and car attendants, and as a putdown to those males judged inferior. “Boy” connotes immaturity and powerlessness.
On the other hand, women of all ages may be called “girls”. Grown females “play bridge with the girls” and indulge in “girl talk”. They are encouraged to remain childlike, and the implication is that they are basically immature and without power.”
— Gender Stereotyping in the English Language, Laurel Richardson (via my-sin-my-s0ul)
This is a compilation of Facebook comments made on this photo (center) of a woman holding an “I need feminism” sign. The picture was posted by I acknowledge class warfare exists, a mainly liberal Facebook fanpage. That an image of a woman demanding equality in her treatment as a human being with sexual feelings is met with such hostility, hatred and misogyny is shocking and depressing.
The reason that women aren’t subject to the draft is due to men voting against it, not due to women voting to avoid it as some sort of female privilege.
The Equal Rights Amendment was passed by Congress and offered for ratification in 1972. The Amendment, if ratified, would have made women subject to the draft. In addition, the amendment would have granted full political, social, and economic equality to women. The deadline for ratification was in 1979, and later extended to 1981. 15 states voted against ratifying the amendment. Those states were:
The constitutionality of excluding women from the draft has been challenged on more than one occasion, and it has been struck down by the US Supreme Court (Rostker v. Goldberg, 453 U.S. 57 (1981)) and by the Department of Defense (1994, after President Bill Clinton asked for a review of the policy). So when Men’s Rights Advocates complain about women being excluded from the draft, it’s not only ignorant, it’s also hypocritical. Women have been excluded from the draft not because they want to be excluded, but because men have voted time and time again to exclude them. Blame 15 states, the Supreme Court, and the Department of Defense for women’s exclusion from the draft, not women. Women aren’t subject to the draft today because the military doesn’t want them.
Dry your bitter tears, gentlemen. If you really want women to be eligible for the draft, you’re going to have to fight for women’s equality.