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There is no Male Privilege Pt 2

Male Privilege

Last time, I started looking at an article by a transgender male and, let’s be honest, dyed-in-the-wool radical feminist, who claimed that now that he’s seen both sides of the street, men have much more privilege than women.  I already looked at the first 13 claims he made and debunked them all,  but he continues through the full 25 and that’s what we’re here to look at this time.

14. I’m allowed to grow old.

That’s not permission, that’s reality.  You have no choice whether or not you grow old, it’s going to happen whether anyone  gives you permission or not.  Women may speak poorly of other women when they get older but that’s hardly the fault of men. Honestly, there are a lot of things he says here that aren’t about male privilege but female cattiness.  So many of the things that he complains about aren’t because men get special rights, but because there are a lot of women who are just bitches.  I’m sure that’s going to get blamed on men too.

15. I’m allowed to eat without being policed.

You always were.  You simply allowed yourself to be terrorized, almost certainly by women who expected an unrealistic body shape, instead of just not caring.  You can eat whatever you want to eat.  You take responsibility for doing so, either for health reasons or for social expectations.  Having some big fat guy is no more attractive to most people than a big fat lady.  Welcome to reality.

16. My abilities speak louder than my appearances at work.

And they always should have been.  What you’re describing here isn’t male privilege, it’s female privilege.  The fact that women have been able to get away with not working as hard or as long as men, just because they’ve got a pretty face or a shapely body is reprehensible, not because it’s sexist toward women but because it’s sexist toward men.  But we’re finding that as women are being expected to work all the hours, give up their free time and actually earn their keep every bit as much as men have done since time immemorial, women have started to recognize that it’s hard work and are reporting more unhappiness with their work situation.  Of course, if men whined like that, they’d be thought weak.  Women get away with things men can’t.

17. The bulk of porn is made with me in mind.

So what?  Like with all other products, they are made to appeal to the most likely consumers.  The majority of hair care product consumers are female and the packaging and marketing reflects that.  Does that make it sexist?  Of course not.

18. Older white guys treat me like a best friend.

Maybe you’ve been hanging around with Catholic priests, but I’ve certainly never encountered anything of the sort.  There isn’t some grand white male conspiracy that automatically tries to indoctrinate newcomers into the cause.  Maybe they just think you’ve got a pretty mouth.

19. I can be a gamer without worry of being threatened, insulted, or demeaned.

Not really since men are attacked in online at a rate much higher than women.  Of course, feminists scream and cry that women are objectified, entirely ignoring that men are as well.  How many men in video games are portrayed as muscle-bound, running around without shirts, dripping sweat, etc.  I’ve honestly heard feminists defending this, saying that these are idealized men, ignoring the fact that the way women are often portrayed is as idealized women.  What’s good for the goose is good for the gander.

20. My comfort comes before anyone else’s.

Only if you’re a dick.  People who put themselves ahead of others are called self-centered and egotistical, neither of which are positive traits, at least unless you’re a radical leftist, who seem to think that they get to decide what everyone is allowed to think and do.

21. I have significantly less sexual liability.

Actually, you have about the same but you’re in a particular situation where a lot of the dangers of being a man won’t affect you. It’s estimated that 10% of men are being forced, by law, to raise children, unknowingly, that are not theirs.  That doesn’t count legal adoptions, only women who have mislead men to pay to raise children for whom they are not the biological parent. You can be wrongly accused of rape, however, even if it was entirely consensual, because women get to arbitrarily decide after the fact that they didn’t want to have sex and they bear absolutely no personal responsibility for the act.

22. I’m allowed to take up space – and lots of it.

Not really, at least not in New York City.  They’re arresting men for taking up too much space on public transportation, you know. But women don’t get that.  I’ve seen women putting their purse in the next seat over to keep anyone else from sitting down.  Nobody talks about that, do they?

23. I’m not subject to “soft” sexism.

No, you’re subject to hard sexism.  Whether you and your liberal feminist cohorts like it, these are the facts:

Men are 97% of combat fatalities.

Men pay 97% of Alimony

Men make 94% of work suicides.

Men make up 93% of work fatalities.

Men make up 81% of all war deaths.

Men lose custody in 84% of divorces.

80% of all suicides are men.

77% of homicide victims are men.

89% of men will be the victim of at least one violent crime.

Men are over twice as victimised by strangers as women.

Men are 165% more likely to be convicted than women.

Men get 63% longer sentences than women for the same crime.

Court bias against men is at least 6 times bigger than racial bias.

Males are discriminated against in school and University.

Boys face vastly more corporal punishment than girls.

60-80% of the homeless are men.

Women’s Cancers receive 15 times more funding than men’s

At least 10% of fathers are victims of paternity fraud.

One third of all fathers in the USA have lost custody of children, most are expected to pay for this.

40-70% of domestic violence is against men however less than 1% of domestic violence shelter spaces are for men.

Male fatality rates are vastly higher than women’s.

24. People think my successes have been made purely by my own gumption.

You say that like it’s a bad thing.  This is very similar to example 16 so I’ll just leave it there.

25. I can say the most ridiculous things imaginable.

You’ve demonstrated that by writing this article, yet nothing you’ve said has been demonstrably true and most of it has been demonstrably false.  This is no surprise, honestly, because so many things on the left are just assertions without evidence and nowhere in this entire article has anything been backed up with citations, it’s all vague and subjective claims without an ounce of justification.  Anyone surprised?

Now I’m going to reveal what I think is really going on here, assuming that our transgendered writer is being serious in all of this and it’s not a giant poe.  The majority of gender identity isn’t genetic, it’s socialized.  That means that this guy grew up, whether he knows or or likes it or not, as a woman.  His perspective is going to remain that way for a considerable amount of time after his change, perhaps forever.  Even though he’s now at least thought of as a man, his perspective remains that of a woman, complete with all the feminist poison that he’s been fed over the years.  It’s no surprise that such a perspective, along with the confirmation bias that I spoke of last time, is going to present these views as valid, even thought they are not.  It’s like a white guy putting on blackface and thinking he now has a black perspective on life.  That’s ridiculous, just as the idea that someone transitioning gender from female to male suddenly makes one’s life experience male.

So what do you think?  Does this guy have any valid points or is this just more ridiculous liberal blatherings?  Please post intelligent comments below, I’d love to know what you think.

My Views on Transsexuals

transgenderGrimachu, over at The Atheist Fist wrote an apology over a debate he had a while back from a transsexual that ended badly, mostly because he describes the actions of the transsexual as assholish. While I can’t speak to that debate, I can say that I’m sure the LGBTQABCDEFG community would probably hate my take on the whole thing, which is fine because I have even less respect for the “social justice” morons than Grimachu does.

Now I am entirely fine and completely supportive of the idea that people may have one physical and genetic sex and one mental gender identity. We really don’t know enough about the inner workings of the brain to say that one may be genetically one  gender and mentally predisposed to be another gender.  Again, if this is how you feel, if you think you’re a woman trapped in a man’s body or a man trapped in a woman’s body, I am wholly supportive of you correcting this genetic oversight.

See, I have a good friend who is a transsexual.  He spent his early life really, really pissed off at gays, mostly because his parents were hard-core fundamentalists who pounded it into his head.  However, he was part of my gaming group and he only played female characters.  It was his only escape from the repressive thumb that his parents pushed on him.  After many years of being “in the closet” about his feelings and especially after he was out in the world on his own, he finally decided that he’d be honest about his feelings that he was actually a woman and I am completely behind him on his decision, he’s a much happier person since his transformation.  However, while he’s had the hormone treatments, he hasn’t had any actual gender reassignment surgery.  Until he does, I’m going to think of him as a “he”.  Not to his face, of course, I respect his desires and I want to encourage him to make the actual transition, but growing breasts and putting on women’s clothing and changing your name does not make you a woman, even though he makes a much better looking woman than he ever did a man, to be honest.

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This is not a tiger, this is a loser.

A lot of this really reminds me as my association with the furries.  There were a lot of people who really believed that they were animals who were mistakenly born as humans.  Nobody in their right mind is going to take these people seriously.  I don’t care what you do to yourself, what costumes you dress up in, you are not a mighty stallion born into the lowly body of a human.  There has to be a limit to how far we go on these things.  Would we, for example, take someone seriously who said they were certain that they were a black man born into a white man’s body?  How about someone who was convinced they were a tall woman stuck in a short woman’s body?  Or a blonde who was mistakenly given brown hair by an error of genetics?  Where does one draw the line? There has to be a line somewhere, how do we decide what is acceptable and what is not?

Certainly, the mistaken brunette can dye their hair and life life as a blonde without too much difficulty.  The rest is a little more difficult to achieve without significant surgery, but while conceptually, these ideas might strike us as silly, would we really take them seriously if they didn’t go all the way?

Therefore, to take a couple of things from Grimachu’s article, I think the following:

  • I also think that prospective partners should know that you started life as a different gender, in fact, I would argue that you are legally obligated to tell a prospective spouse before your marriage or be guilty of fraud.
  • I really have no strong feelings about sports one way or the other, since I think professional sports are a complete and total waste of time, but in the interest of fairness, transgender women probably ought to be restricted from playing women’s professional sports.  It might not be fair, but whoever said life was fair?
  • I really don’t buy that transgendered people should be able to use the bathroom of their expressed gender until they have been actually surgically altered.  What’s to stop a pervert from putting on a dress and going into the women’s bathroom under the guise of transsexuality?  If you’ve got a dick, use the men’s room until you have it replaced with the plumbing of your choice.
  • While I personally pay little attention to the media freak-show circuit, the fact remains that the people who end up there sign on for it themselves.  I had no sympathy for people who agreed to go on the Jerry Springer Show either.  If you don’t want to be treated like a freak, don’t agree to be interviewed by the media.  It’s that simple.
  • While I’m okay with the idea that a person’s gender identity may differ from their biological sexual identity, I also think that there’s a lot of emphasis in the social justice crowd for people to declare that they are different from white, male, cisgendered whatever.  I’m not saying that there aren’t plenty of legitimate cases of people who are really convinced that they are the wrong gender, but by the same token, I think the social justice idiots have really pushed people who may have some doubts or questions to be something they may not actually be.  It’s the same as them pushing a boy who put on a dress once and liked it to admit that he’s a full-blown homosexual.  That ain’t necessarily true.

I would love it if people could just be who they wanted to be without being pushed by one special interest group or another to do things they may not want to.  I remember a debate on a forum many, many years ago with a woman who was absolutely convinced that everyone, without exception, was a bisexual and anyone who disagreed was risking her wrath.  It was her hot  button issue, you couldn’t mention sexual orientation in any post, no matter how obliquely, without her sticking her nose into the conversation and telling everyone that they were wrong and she was right.  That’s really the vibe that I get from a lot of the social justice jerks, it’s their way or the highway.

Maybe they should just stand out in the middle of the highway and get taken out by a truck.  Nobody would miss them.  Then maybe people could just be people and the world would be a better place.