People of all sexes have the right to explore femininity, masculinity - and the infinite variations between - without criticism or ridicule.
In the last half century alone, more women and girls have died as a result of gender discrimination than all the men who died in all the battles of the 20th century, and more girls were killed in any one decade than all of those who died in the genocides of last century - girls are the most marginalised and discriminated group around the world.
Some useful [white, heterosexual, & male] privilege links
Some links that may be useful to you folks
White privilege [PDF]:
Peggy McIntosh, Associate Director of the Wellesley College Center for Research on Women, describes white privilege as “an invisible package of unearned assets, which I can count on cashing
in each day, but about which I was ‘meant’ to remain oblivious. White privilege is like an invisible weightless knapsack of special provisions, maps, passports, code books, visas, clothes, tools, and blank checks” (McIntosh, 1989).
The following are examples of ways white individuals have privilege because they are white.
- I can worry about racism without being seen as self-interested or self-seeking.
- I am not made acutely aware that my shape, bearing, or body odor will be taken as a reflection on my race.
- I can take a job or enroll in a college with an affirmative action policy without having my co-workers or peers assume I got it because of my race.
- I can do well in a challenging situation without being called a credit to my race.
On a daily basis as a straight person…
- I can be pretty sure that my roommate, hallmates and classmates will be comfortable with my sexual orientation.
- If I pick up a magazine, watch TV, or play music, I can be certain my sexual orientation will be represented.
- When I talk about my heterosexuality (such as in a joke or talking about my relationships), I will not be accused of pushing my sexual orientation onto others.
Male Privilege [PDF]:
This list is based on Peggy McIntosh’s article on white privilege. These dynamics are but a few examples of the privilege which male people have.
On a daily basis as a male person…
- I am far less likely to face sexual harassment at work than my female co-workers are.
- If I choose not to have children, my masculinity will not be called into question.
- My elected representatives are mostly people of my own sex. The more prestigious and powerful the elected position, the more this is true.
- 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.
You’ve got 99 problems and they’re all misogyny.
But I always have and still do consider myself queer. To me, being queer isn’t who you’re sleeping with; it’s just an idea that sexuality isn’t gender-based, that it’s love-based.