On Female Privilege

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  1. Magnolia says:

    ..where did I say ‘fault’???? my argument was that more men were involved in violence, so it makes sense that the larger proportion group involved in an activity are the people who will be larger affected by that activity…

    Because they have -more population- in that activity. More men got black lung than women did! Because -more men worked in coal mines than women did-. Wasn’t an assignment of blame it was because there were more of them in the situation.

    Stop throwing red herrings. Your straw man is already down.

  2. BL1Y says:

    So, you’re saying it’s not a privilege to be attacked and murdered less, because men are only attacked and murdered more because of risky behavior they undertake (hanging around other violent men), is that right?

  3. Tamara says:

    BL1Y, that “risky behavior” is usually called “violent activities” and they’re not “hanging around other violent men” they’re engaged in violence.

    Anyway, to call that a “female privilege” is absurd ab initio. How, exactly, do you imagine the fact that men kill one another at an alarming rate is a benefit or advantage to women? Are we to be grateful that men kill our fathers, brothers, sons, husbands and partners instead of ourselves? Yeah, real benefit.

  4. John Anderson says:

    You forgot to mention that if you pick door #2, you’ll live at least 7 years longer. That’s a fairly substantial “consolation prize”. You’ll also be only 10% as likely to die in a work accident. You’ll also have a realistic chance at getting same gender care if you so chose. You can also shirk you’re legal responsibilities while not only avoiding legal consequences, but actually having people believe that you’re the good guy.

    “If men were truly concerned with raising awareness of this issue, the best way to do it would be to form their own organizations and fight for the recognition of this crime. They would seek out funding to form shelters for men who have been victims of sexual assault or domestic violence instead of routinely coming into discussions of the victimization of women and, politely or otherwise, ask that they be given equal consideration.”

    Many of these women’s shelters accept federal funding making it illegal to discriminate against men in their services. This means that if the law were followed there would already be shelters for men.

  5. John Anderson says:

    @ #8 Allgoodtees

    “You’re right, this isn’t a competition. So instead of coming to a blog post about the idea of “female privilege” only seems to keep women from pursuing equality and talking about how men have it worse, why not listen to womens’ experience and understand that by focusing on women, it’s not taking anything away from men?”

    You’re missing the intent of the article. The article basically says that women have it worse.

    “because male privilege is the real prize, and any female privilege (such as it is) is a ragtag collection of shitty consolation prizes.”

    Here’s a hint. If you don’t want something to be a competition, don’t make it one.

    So why does focusing on men take something away from women?

    “So in fact, a “real” female privilege could be even more pernicious than an obvious false female privilege (like Ladies Night), because it could have this masking effect.”

  6. John Anderson says:

    @ #53 Tamara
    “BL1Y, that “risky behavior” is usually called “violent activities” and they’re not “hanging around other violent men” they’re engaged in violence.Anyway, to call that a “female privilege” is absurd ab initio.

    How, exactly, do you imagine the fact that men kill one another at an alarming rate is a benefit or advantage to women? Are we to be grateful that men kill our fathers, brothers, sons, husbands and partners instead of ourselves? Yeah, real benefit.”

    Part of that violent (and other criminal) behavior is a direct result of a lack of social services for men. Prisons are societies’ shelters for men.