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Male Privilege

When Is It Bad to Seek Attention?

Matt Hartman | Posted 03.27.2015 | Impact
Matt Hartman

Most of us are called attention-seeking at some point, and it's usually a way to silence or delegitimize. We silence and delegitimize those who are oppressed -- those we want to stay in their place. Often, its done subconsciously, but just as, if not more, often it's done with purpose.

Open Letter to Giuliani on Characterizations of Obama

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 02.24.2015 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Rudy, let's break down your statement. When you say that "I do not believe that the president loves America," what indication do you have or what criteria are you using? I really want to know.

Privilege Glasses

Ellen Goodlett | Posted 03.24.2015 | Women
Ellen Goodlett

Privilege isn't always something you can see without trying. Some people, usually those born with less privilege, have perfect vision. They see the privilege problem because they experience it firsthand every day. Other people, however, may not recognize it at first.

Dear Straight, White, Male New Friend

Rev. Frederick Davie | Posted 01.26.2015 | Black Voices
Rev. Frederick Davie

You may want to think about what it means for others to hear you say that you have no lack of confidence because you are a straight, white male. It could suggest just the opposite.

'Hello' Isn't Always 'Hello' in NYC

Shannon Deep | Posted 01.06.2015 | New York
Shannon Deep

I stared at my computer, at a loss for how to explain to a male non-New Yorker exactly why 'Hi!' doesn't mean 'Hi!' in certain situations to a female New Yorker. It can be a one-sided message from a man to a woman. And the message, loud and clear to the woman on the receiving end is: "I'm sexualizing you."

Social Enterprise and the Privilege Economy

Kevin Lynch | Posted 10.04.2014 | Impact
Kevin Lynch

I am an unapprehended felon. From age 18 to 38, I spent some part of virtually every day in the illegal drug culture. Buying, selling, using and/or driving under the influence of highly illegal substances.

What's up with The Washington Post in June? Power, Privilege and Myths About Violence Against Women

Angela J. Hattery, Ph.D. | Posted 08.20.2014 | Women
Angela J. Hattery, Ph.D.

I'm going to take a different approach and interrogate the simple fact that both columns illustrate yet another way in which privilege works; the privilege to have one's voice heard and the privilege, indeed the right, to tell the story.

The Morse Code of Fear

Derek Penwell | Posted 08.05.2014 | Religion
Derek Penwell

If you go through life with very little fear of being attacked, or suspected, or ostracized because of the person you love, don't you have a moral responsibility to create a world in which others don't have to live in fear either?

Brains, Guns, and Preventable Murder

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | Posted 07.30.2014 | Crime
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

The Isla Vista mass murder is proof that we are past the time to break the nexus between guns, murder, and mental illness. And we should do that by enacting rigorous new gun-control legislation that takes account of an individual's fitness to own lethal weapons in light of what we are learning about the human brain.

I Only Truly Recognized The Power Of Male Privilege Once I Became A Woman

HuffPost Live | Emily Tess Katz | Posted 05.19.2014 | Gay Voices

LGTBQ radio host and transgender woman Rebecca Juro knew her transition from male to female was finally visible only after she felt men looking down u...

The Duality of a White, Cisgender, Gay Man

Tyler Curry | Posted 07.09.2014 | Gay Voices
Tyler Curry

I do not claim to be anything other than my own personal mixture of identifiers and traits that make me who I am. But I'd like to believe it's still possible to strive to understand another group's inequalities so that we can keep striving for fairness in our culture. That is how equality is won.

Explaining White Privilege to a Broke White Person

Gina Crosley-Corcoran | Posted 09.03.2014 | Impact
Gina Crosley-Corcoran

I, maybe more than most people, can completely understand why broke white folks get pissed when the word "privilege" is thrown around. As a child I was constantly discriminated against because of my poverty, and those wounds still run deep. But luckily my college education introduced me to a more nuanced concept of privilege: intersectionality.

Reflections On Privilege: An Open Letter To Tal Fortgang

Daniel Gastfriend | Posted 05.07.2014 | College
Daniel Gastfriend

Indeed, our families lived through many of the same horrors and transformations. And I agree -- we do not need to apologize for our origins. Nothing about this notion, however, justifies blindness to inequality.

The Price of Privilege

César Vargas | Posted 07.06.2014 | Latino Voices
César Vargas

Privilege atrophies the heart and mind, especially if you don't acknowledge or relinquish at least some of it.

White, Straight Dudes Want To Apologize For Sucking

The Huffington Post | Amanda Duberman | Posted 05.05.2014 | Women

When it comes unequal treatment of straight, white men, "can't jump" is really the long and short of it. Now, a few of those dudes are speaking out o...

What Being There for My Friend Who Was Raped Taught Me About Myself

Sacchi Patel | Posted 06.18.2014 | College
Sacchi Patel

Knowing that a man did this to her and that I'm a man made me feel extremely guilty. This was perhaps the very first time I ever uttered to myself, "I'm a man."

The Myth of "Gay Male Privilege"

Noah Baron | Posted 03.28.2014 | Gay Voices
Noah Baron

"Privilege" is not something that exists "out there" in the ether, or a quality that adheres to someone by virtue of having any sort of privilege; rather, privilege is relational.

Examining My Own Privilege as a Gay-White-Cis Male

Tyler Oakley | Posted 03.09.2014 | Gay Voices
Tyler Oakley

It was like a switch flipped and I could see: privilege played (and will continue to play) a role in so many parts of my life, and by acknowledging and understanding that, I can use my inherent privilege to stand up to systematic inequality.

Seeking Queer Visibility, Rejecting Assimilation

Lucas Waldron | Posted 03.09.2014 | Gay Voices
Lucas Waldron

It is my choice in 2014 to be visible, to continually question my social position, and to seek ways to use my privilege to advance inclusive progress in the queer community in an effort to motivate my generation to seek more radical definitions of equality and justice.

Unpacking My Privilege As a Man

Nate Pyle | Posted 11.26.2013 | Parents
Nate Pyle

I'm am not the first to say that a man needs to be responsible for how he looks at women. I am not the first to say that, regardless of how a woman dresses, she should be treated with dignity and respect. Many women have said exactly what I said. They say it and get labeled as shrill.

Pondering Male Privilege Post-Transition

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 10.13.2013 | Gay Voices
Brynn Tannehill

The reality of male privilege is well established, but sometimes it feels taboo to ask how far male privilege goes. Who better to ask about it, though, than trans men and women who have lived on both sides of the divide?

War on Men? Yeah, Not So Much

Charles Clymer | Posted 09.22.2013 | Politics
Charles Clymer

Last week, Fox News published an op-ed by Suzanne Venker claiming that white men are second-class citizens in this country, which certainly came as news to me.

An Open Letter to My Fellow Gay Men: We Need a Woman's Consent Too

Preston Mitchum | Posted 08.25.2013 | Gay Voices
Preston Mitchum

No one "deserves" to be subjected to rape culture, not Beyoncé and not the young woman on the metro. This is where gay men and straight men have one commonality: our maleness. Gay and straight men alike can promote misogyny, and with unwanted touching, this is exactly what we do.

Move Over, Gaybros: Masculine Privilege Thrives Among Queer Women Too

Alex Berg | Posted 07.19.2013 | Gay Voices
Alex Berg

My appearance borders on high femme, yet I too am guilty of being a lezbro: I've brought my "male gaze" to parties with go-go dancers, and I've described women's bodies in a manner that I learned from my straight male friends, mostly because I thought it was the cool thing to do.

Transitioning In A Misogynistic Society

Lucas Waldron | Posted 02.25.2013 | Gay Voices
Lucas Waldron

I took my seventh shot of testosterone just a few days ago, and I still don't have a way to reconcile my utter disgust with misogyny and personal commitment to feminism with my male identity. I find it hard to believe that feminism and masculinity are mutually exclusive.