Now Buzzfeed is to accurate news sources what Ken Ham is to science, it’s hard to find a something further from the truth. Of course, that doesn’t stop them from putting up all kinds of ridiculous leftist “news” pieces, like this one from a self-declared transexual guy who think he has 25 examples of male privilege. Now I recognize that this would be an extremely long post if I went through them all so I’m going to split it in half and take on part now and part in a couple of days. He does explain what he means by each of those but I’m leaving that in the original article so by all means, go take a look. What the heck, I haven’t had a good laugh today, let’s take a look at the first 13 off of his list. This ought to be good.
1. I’m suddenly funny.
I’m pretty sure you’re not. Maybe they’re not laughing with you, they’re laughing at you. Maybe they find you sad and are laughing in sympathy. Or maybe, just maybe, your sense of humor is more in line with things that men find funny and not with what women find funny. He says he tried old jokes and got a different reaction, who did he try these jokes on? The exact same people he tried them on before or a different crowd? Here’s a news flash for you, just gaining a dick doesn’t give you a sparkling personality.
2. Yet I’m still taken (more) seriously.
I don’t buy it at all. In fact, I’m going to suggest something that I think ties into most of these examples and that’s confirmation bias. I’d argue that he’s trying to confirm that he made the right decision switching genders and is now seeing positive results in everyday situations whether they exist or not.
3. I rarely get interrupted.
How are you measuring this? I’ll bet it’s just a personal interpretation and not some objective and demonstrable measurement.
4. I get paid more.
Oh, I’d love to see the evidence of this. Are we supposed to think that you went to get your operation or your hormone treatments or whatever and the day you came back, you suddenly had a bigger paycheck? Seriously? I’m calling bullshit. Maybe, like most men, you’re just working longer hours and that would explain your supposed rise in income.
5. It’s easier for me to be poor.
How are you poor if you’re suddenly getting paid more? That makes no sense. Besides, he says that it’s easier when the person doing the hiring is a “white guy”, which really has no application to the claims made. What difference does race make here, except to throw in another typical liberal bugaboo? Or is it only white males that have privilege? What if the hiring manager is a black guy or a Hispanic woman? Is there still white privilege?
6. My clothing is more practical.
And whose fault is that? Let’s be honest, adults get to choose their own clothing, is it somehow a vast male conspiracy to make women’s clothes impractical and expensive and all of the common complaints that I hear feminists making, or is that something that women choose to wear? They also claim that women’s products are more expensive, as if the Illuminati are twirling their mustaches and forcing women to buy them. It is a fact that women are, on average, more willing to pay higher prices for what is essentially the same products as men. We live in a capitalist society and people are going to charge the most they can get away with. If women weren’t willing to pay higher prices, they wouldn’t be charged higher prices. Stop doing it. Likewise, if this guy now thinks that male clothing is more practical, which he’s certainly welcome to think, that’s up to him. There are plenty of impracticalities in male clothing as well though. Take ties. I know that only professionals wear them, which is why I do it all the time, but they are totally impractical and pointless, but expected in the business world. Women have far more latitude in professional clothing than men do most of the time. Personally, except as required by your work, I don’t care what anyone wears so people should just pick something comfortable to put on in their off hours.
7. I get a ton of free passes.
I doubt it, it is typically women who get free passes in society. The U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics found in 1990 that men had a 20 times higher rate of conviction than women for the exact same crime. They also found that for men and women convicted of the exact same crime, men typically served 3 times longer sentences than women. Men represent 68% of the homeless people in America, they commit suicide at a rate 3 times higher than women, and they work significantly longer hours on average. Women get a disproportionately high amount of spousal support in divorce as well as the vast majority of child custody decrees. Combat deaths are much, much, much higher for men than women, in fact, workplace deaths across the board are minuscule for women compared to men. So where are these free passes for men? I’m just not seeing them.
8. I’m not held accountable for keeping rape from happening.
Guess what? Nobody except rapists is accountable for keeping rape from happening, just like nobody but bank robbers are responsible for keeping bank robberies from happening. This is a typical feminist load of nonsense, that men have to be taught not to rape when only a minuscule number of men actually do.
9. I’m very likely to arrive home safely after walking alone at night.
And so are virtually all women. More violent crime happens to men than it does to women, particularly violent crime committed by strangers, which you’re much more likely to encounter walking home at night. A majority of rapes, which seems to be the perennial feminist complaint, are committed by people the woman knows. According to rape statistics, only about 10% of rapes are committed by strangers. The overwhelming majority of rapes are perpetrated by those known to the woman, in places the woman has felt safe. It is also a fact that more men than women are victims of partner abuse, according to a study by the CDC. By changing genders, the author has made himself less safe, not more.
10. I don’t have to worry about keeping an eye on my drink at parties.
And neither do the majority of people, male or female. Of course, going to parties and acting irresponsibly there, getting drunk, etc. does make you much more likely to be a victim of crime, violent or not. People need to be responsible for their own actions, something liberals seem to have no concept of. Of course, this kind of thing is vastly overestimated anyhow, there really aren’t many cases of date-rape drugs being put into women’s drinks, it’s largely an urban legend.
11. I’m not told by strangers (or anybody else) to smile.
I honestly don’t know where this kind of thing comes from. I have never asked anyone of any gender to smile, nor have I ever seen anyone ask anyone of any gender to smile, except where required by one’s job and there, it’s been evenly applied to both men and women. It is a fact though that more women than men occupy customer service jobs and therefore, will be told to smile as a component of their jobs than men. That’s not sexism, that’s workplace professionalism.
12. I don’t have strangers giving uninvited opinions about my body as I pass by.
You could, maybe you’re simply unaware of it? The author says that he’s short, that’s certainly going to be noticed and commented on, particularly by women. Also, as I’ve mentioned before, women tend to be much meaner to other women than men are. Women can be downright cruel, criticizing weight, makeup, clothing, etc. of other women right to their face. Maybe this could be explained by having changed to hanging around an entirely better class of human being.
13. I’m allowed to have body hair.
Just as everyone else is. In fact, among feminists, having body hair is pretty typical and nobody within the movement says a word, at least not that I hear. But there are social expectations and people have a right to pay attention to those expectations or ignore them and there may be consequences either way. Having pink hair is not typically socially acceptable, especially when it comes to professional careers. That’s life. You make your choice and you deal with the consequences. Welcome to personal responsibility.
I’ve started to notice a trend as these examples have gone on but I’m going to hold my tongue until the very end to see if you can catch it too. In fact, this trend seems pretty consistent across a lot of radical feminists, which might serve as another hint for those who think about it. Anyhow, what do you think so far? Are any of these examples valid? I’ll be back in two days with the last of the list and my conclusions, hope you stick around.