EVERYDAY FEMINISM

30+ Examples of Male Privilege

Originally published on It’s Pronounced Metrosexual and cross-posted here with permission.

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Following is a list of male privileges. If you are male (and a man), listed below are benefits that result from being born with that gender and sex.

If you identify as a man, there’s a good chance you’ve never thought about these things. Try and be more cognizant of these privileges in your daily life and you’ll understand how much work we have to do to make a society that is equitable to all people, regardless of their gender.

  1. If you have a bad day or are in a bad mood, people aren’t going to blame it on your sex
  2. You can be careless with your money and not have people blame it on your sex
  3. You can be a careless driver and not have people blame it on your sex
  4. You can be confident that your coworkers won’t assume you were hired because of your sex
  5. If you are never promoted, it isn’t because of your sex
  6. You can expect to be paid equitably for the work you do, and not paid less because of your sex
  7. If you are unable to succeed in your career, that won’t be seen as evidence against your sex in the workplace
  8. A decision to hire you won’t be based on whether or not the employer assumes you will be having children in the near future
  9. Work comfortably (or walk down a public street) without the fear of sexual harassment
  10. Walk alone at night without the fear of being raped or otherwise harmed
  11. Go on a date with a stranger without the fear of being raped
  12. Dress how you want and not worry it will be used as a defense if you are raped
  13. If you are straight, you are not likely to be abused by your partner, or to be told to continue living in an abusive household for your children
  14. You can decide not to have children and not have your masculinity questioned
  15. If you choose to have children, you will praised for caring for your children, instead of being expected to be the full-time caretaker
  16. Balance a career and a family without being called selfish for not staying at home (or being constantly pressured to stay at home)
  17. If you are straight and decide to have children with your partner, you can assume this will not affect your career
  18. If you rise to prominence in an organization/role, no one will assume it is because you slept your way to the top
  19. You can seek political office without having your sex be a part of your platform
  20. You can seek political office without fear of your relationship with your children, or who you hire to take care of them, being scrutinized by the press
  21. Most political representatives share your sex, particularly the higher-ups
  22. Your political officials fight for issues that pertain to your sex
  23. You can ask for the “person in charge” and will likely be greeted by a member of your sex
  24. As a child, you were able to find plenty of non-limiting, gender role stereotyped media to view
  25. You can not care about your appearance without worrying about about being criticized at work or in social situations
  26. You can spend time on your appearance without having people criticizing you for upholding unhealthy gender norms
  27. If you’re not conventionally attractive (or in shape), you don’t have to worry as much about that negatively affecting your potential
  28. You are not pressured by peers and society to be thin as much as the opposite sex
  29. You’re not expected to spend excessive amounts of money on grooming, style, and appearance to fit in, while making less money than the opposite sex
  30. Have promiscuous sex and be viewed positively for it
  31. You can go to a car dealership or mechanic and assume you’ll get a fair deal and not be taken advantage of
  32. Expressions and conventional language reflects your sex (e.g., mailman, “all men are created equal”)
  33. Every major religion in the world is led by individuals of your sex
  34. You can practice religion without subjugating yourself or thinking of yourself as less because of your sex
  35. You are less likely to be interrupted than members of the opposite sex
  36. Leave more examples in the comments below.

Sam Killermann is a Staff Writer for Everyday Feminism and the person behind It’s Pronounced Metrosexual, a comedy show and blog focused on issues of identity, stereotypes, and oppression. A social justice advocate and ally, Sam performs the show at colleges around the country and writes for the site when he is at home in Austin, TX. Follow on Twitter @Killermann.

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