Being born a heterosexual male immediately entitles you to a set of privileges you never signed up for. Male privilege is one of them.
Isn't it great when a progressive husband "allows" you a day of rest every week? Deconstructing a Quora post reeking of benevolent patriarchy.
Do I have no right to talk about women's issues because of my privilege, & because I hadn't actually experienced the worst of the worst?
This statement is an insult to those innumerable women who have been saving penny by penny day in and day out, without letting their husbands, brothers, fathers and sons find out.
Discourses of identity politics and minority rights are often peppered with the words 'privilege' and 'oppression.' So what does privilege really mean?
What is white male entitlement? If Brock Turner was black, he wouldn't be let off in 3-months because of 'good behaviour' for raping an unconscious and intoxicated woman.
We are angry and rightfully so, because every time we step out in public, we have to make ourselves smaller, inconspicuous, just so that we can get to our destinations without having our bodies and space violated. That is something that cis gendered heterosexual men will never understand. So no, you don’t get to tell us what to do when we're harassed. And you definitely don’t get to decide what’s best for women.
Dear #NotAllMen, it has always been all men, just not on the same levels. Dear #NotAllMen, stop trying to hijack our narratives; as allies, it's your duty to make sure our voices are heard, not to exploit our struggles for praise and fame.
From makeup to movies to even lingerie brands with their skewered understanding of the word 'nude', the message is loud and clear. If you, God forbid, possess more melanin than some, then you're going to have a tough time, and there is nothing you can do about it at all.
More often than not, when we are at a privileged position in the society with respect to a particular section or group, we fail to acknowledge it as what it is: a privilege.