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July 09, 2008

Female Privilege, Male Privilege

Given all the hoo-hah about male privilege, a female critic of feminism decided that the game was a two-way street and attempted to honestly note the many examples of female privilege. Such as:

If I shy away from fights, it is unlikely that this will damage my standing in my peer group or call into question my worthiness as a sex partner.

If I attempt to hug a friend in joy, itís much less likely that my friend will wonder about my sexuality or pull away in unease.

If I interact with other peopleís children - particularly people I donít know very well - I do not have to worry much about the interaction being misinterpreted.

Others have joined in, offering the serious...

If I marry, there is a very good chance that I will be given the option to quit my job and live off my husbandís income without having my femininity questioned.

If I become pregnant, I and I alone choose whether to terminate the pregnancy or have the baby. As a result, I can be reasonably certain that I will never be held financially responsible for a child I didnít want to have, and that I will never have my unborn child aborted without my consent.

Because I am not expected to be my familyís primary breadwinner, I have the luxury of prioritising factors other than salary when choosing a career path.

...to the baiting (but also kinda serious):

If I fail at something, I can go to college and study the historical forces and social constructs that make it harder for people like me. If others fail, itís because they just donít have what it takes.

There are, of course, other male and female privileges, which I'm sure you guys can well document.


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