I have a response up at the Daily Dot to the latest ridiculous assertion that “female privilege” exists:
Mark Saunders’ recent Thought Catalog piece, “18 Things Females Seem To Not Understand (Because, Female Privilege),” announces its ignorance right from the title. The only people who still call women “females” are scientists, sexists, and Ferengi. (I suppose these three groups may overlap somewhat.)But while it’s easy to poke fun at the ridiculous title, it’s a little harder (though not by much) to show how wrong Saunders is.
Consider the first item on the list:
“1. Female privilege is being able to walk down the street at night without people crossing the street because they’re automatically afraid of you.”
It takes such incredible chutzpah to turn yourself into the victim in that situation. Women are afraid of men because we’re taught to, because we’re blamed for anything that happens when we’re not afraid enough, and because of personal experience. Saunders’ male privilege means he’s never had to feel what that’s like, and he should be grateful. The most visceral fear of my life has been when I’ve been walking down a dark street alone and heard footsteps behind me, knowing that the first question I’d be asked if the worst thing imaginable happened would be, “Well, what the hell were you doing out there alone?”
It is not a privilege to live in constant fear of rape and death.
Keep reading here.
Relatedly, there’s this Storify of a Twitter rant I directed at Thought Catalog in response to the piece.