This is a real thing in the world.

[Content Note: Misogyny; rape culture; patriarchal tropes.]

This article (DoNotLink used) is a few days old, but I only just saw it this morning, care of Dan Solomon. Its actual, for real, not satirical headline is: "18 Things Females Seem to Not Understand (Because, Female Privilege)."


Right from the title, it's terrific. "Females," as if we are livestock, or wild animals being observed in our natural habits on a nature documentary.

And "female privilege," because sure. That definitely exists.

Which, of course, is not to say that no woman, anywhere, ever, has any privilege. Most of us have some situational and/or relative privilege. But that does not constitute something amounting to "female privilege."

Which is something that becomes pretty obvious when you read the author's list of 18 alleged examples of "female privilege" and find absolutely zero of them being evidence of anything but patriarchal tropes, misogyny, and a deflection of accountability for personal behavior.

I could spend the next ten years of my life writing a detailed rebuttal to every one of these 18 assertions, but, as it happens, I've spent the last ten years of my life writing this blog, which is pretty much a detailed rebuttal to every one of these 18 assertions. So I'll just quickly make three observations:

1. If you are a man who cannot approach a woman without being called "creepy" or engage in sexual activities without being accused of rape, the problem is you, not "female privilege." There are plenty of men who navigate relationships with women without getting called creepy or accused of rape. These men, however, respect women as their fully human equals; they don't write embarrassing pieces sneering about women "arrogantly believing that sexism only applies to women."

2. "Female privilege is not having to take your career seriously because you can depend on marrying someone who makes more money than you do." Congratulations. You are precisely as sophisticated in your thinking as Phyllis Schlafly, who is one of the most irrelevant, discredited, retrofuck commentators in modern culture.

3. As I've written many times before: It ain't women who are the primary gatekeepers of bullshit like King of Queens and Everybody Loves Raymond. It's other men. About the last place on earth you'll find active feminists is in the executive offices of mainstream studios. If you are a man who has a problem with how men are portrayed in pop culture, take it up with the men who shape it. This is but one example of the many places for which the pouting purveyors of "female privilege" fairytales should redirect their ire in the direction of the patriarchy.

Have at it in comments.

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