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Old 04-10-2010, 04:13 PM
 
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Which form of privilege do you think exists to a larger extent in the USA? Respectful replies only, please!
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Old 04-10-2010, 04:15 PM
 
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overall, male privilege. it's not just the us, it is everywhere. still a man's world, no matter what anyone says.
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Old 04-10-2010, 10:39 PM
 
Location: Missouri
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Whatever my significant other tells me, bless her heart!
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Old 04-10-2010, 10:44 PM
 
Location: NZ Wellington
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overall, male privilege. it's not just the us, it is everywhere. still a man's world, no matter what anyone says.
When I'm walking around campus, and always see more females then males I have to doubt your claim..

Lets face it, you can't make wide sweeping claims about half the human race that clearly don't apply in every aspect of our lives.
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Old 04-10-2010, 10:47 PM
 
Location: southern california
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imho its genderless. i dont think its a red carpet for anybody anymore seems like we gota fight like dogs to get our piece, and the pieces keep getting smaller.
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Old 04-10-2010, 10:53 PM
 
Location: NZ Wellington
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imho its genderless. i dont think its a red carpet for anybody anymore seems like we gota fight like dogs to get our piece, and the pieces keep getting smaller.
It sure seems that way...
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Old 04-17-2010, 02:47 PM
 
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Does anybody think women have more privilege in our society?
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Old 04-18-2010, 02:30 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Does anybody think women have more privilege in our society?
Not "overall", but I do think that 'Male Privilege" aka "The Patriarchy"(TM) is vastly overestimated for current generations (i.e. people under 40 or even under 50). Younger people have grown up in a time when women have had at least some access to any career (having gotten more and more with each decade) and the idea of a female mechanical engineer (for example) is no longer surprising, as it would have been 30 years ago to many.

There is a difference between institutional sexism and "in practice" sexism. I.e., you can make rules about having to be fair in hiring, but if someone is determined not to hire women, it's not hard to make this so. Or once they are hired, no policies can prevent people's attitudes from being sexist. Only time and familiarity with people of both genders in all jobs will change this.

That said, it does seem that in the rush to become anti-sexist, many formerly male "institutions" have become open to females while "all female" institutions have retained the right to exclude males. You still see health clubs for women only, but when is the last time you saw a 'men-only' gym? There are lots of women's colleges, but I can't personally think of all any men's colleges. This is not quite the matter of "privilege", but of fighting sexism with reverse sexism in some cases.

As for "privilege"--most of that is social, not institutional, so again it relates to changing attitudes, not laws. One MAJOR area in which there is a decided "female privilege" is work involving children. A male elementary school teacher will be under a lot more scrutiny than a female elementary school teacher, for example, because of the unfortunate higher rate of pedophilia among men...never mind that all pedophiles represent a TINY percentage of the population and most people male or female, are repulsed by such a thing--still, a man who works with children, especially an unmarried man, will be (consciously or subconsciously) far more scrutinized and second-guessed as to his motives of doing anything than a woman would--assuming men are not banned outright from holding such positions, which they often are. Even with older children, male teachers must be MUCH more careful about ever being alone in a classroom with a child of either sex than a female teacher.

Related to this is the still-common practice of giving custody in divorces to the mother rather than the father, barring strong circumstances.

So I would say that in the area of anything involving children, definitely female privilege still exists.
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Old 04-18-2010, 04:10 PM
 
Location: Small Town USA Population about 15,000
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I live in a small town and they (employers) will give jobs to men before women, even a restraunt here hires waiters. But in a sense it is okay because I would not want to be put on the front lines of a war or be made a fireman and have to carry someone down a ladder.


Can you tell I'm a female. And I am proud of it.
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Old 04-19-2010, 02:44 PM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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Male privileges mostly due to plumbing. I mean, have you seen the line outside women's bathroom sometimes?
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