Male and Female Privilege

Following on from yesterday’s post on white privilege, here are two further lists on male and female privilege:

The Male Privilege Checklist

  • I will never be expected to change my name upon marriage or questioned if I don’t change my name.
  • If I have children but do not provide primary care for them, my masculinity will not be called into question.
  • If I have children with a 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.

Female Privilege

  • My role in my child’s life is generally seen as more important than the child’s father’s role.
  • Most people in society probably will not see my overall worthiness as a person being exclusively tied to how high up in the hierarchy I rise.
  • I am given much greater latitude to form close, intimate friendships than a man is.

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