A sinking feeling tells me it probably isn’t that easy. I think I speak for all straight white men when I say that sounds really bad and if I was doing it I’m sorry and will try to avoid ever doing it again. Can’t believe that took us however many centuries to sort out.Or The Idea Of Female Privilege – It Isn’t Just Wrong, It’s Dangerous.
The paper was critiquing post-modernism, an area I don’t know enough about to determine whether or not their critique was fair.
It complained that post-modernists sometimes say things like “reality is socially constructed”.
As soon as someone challenges you, you retreat to the impregnable motte and glare at them until they get annoyed and go away. This is a metaphor that only historians of medieval warfare could love, so maybe we can just call the whole thing “strategic equivocation”, which is perfectly clear without the digression into feudal fortifications. Why can’t social justice terms apply to oppressed groups? There is no way to get a quicker reaction from someone in social justice than to apply a social justice term like “privilege” or “racist” to a group that isn’t straight/white/male. If “privilege” just means “interjecting yourself into other people’s conversations”, this seems like something that women could do as well as men.
Like, let’s say that a feminist woman posts a thoughtful comment to this post, and I say “Thanks for your input, but I was actually just trying to explain things to my non-feminist male friends, I’d prefer you not interject here.” Isn’t it possible she might continue to argue, and so be interjecting herself into another person’s conversation?
Statements like “God is just the order and love in the universe” and “No one perceives reality perfectly directly” and “Men should not interject into safe spaces for women” are the motte – extremely defensible, but useless.
As long as nobody’s challenging you, you spend time in the bailey reaping the rewards of occupying such useful territory. So let me point out something I think the standard theory fails to explain, but my theory explains pretty well.
All it means is that you’re interjecting yourself into other people’s conversations and demanding their pain be about you.
So, it turns out that privilege gets used perfectly reasonably.
Maybe 18 Reasons Why The Concept Of Female Privilege Is Insane.