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Dear Men Accused of Sexual Misconduct: Spare Me the ‘Male Privilege’ Confession

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What happens is, male perpetrators – perpetrators, that is, of everything from misogynistic behavior to sexual assault – exploit feminist rhetoric for their own purposes. If sexual misconduct is just a thing all men do (remember the feminist eye-rolling at #NotAllMen?), if rape is just what our culture encourages (what the expression ‘rape culture’ implies), how is any one man who stands accused of awfulness worth singling out? The problem is men!

In such contexts – that is, when coming from men who’ve just been accused of sexual misdeeds – “male privilege” is an evasion. Worse, it’s a form of self-congratulation. It shifts the topic at hand from the pain women have suffered to how ‘woke’ the man now is. (This is of particular value to men like Shavit and Parker, who are associated with important social-justice causes.) The rhetoric of privilege allows Shavit to describe his own wandering eye as his having been “afflicted by blindness.”

What happens is, male perpetrators – perpetrators, that is, of everything from misogynistic behavior to sexual assault – exploit feminist rhetoric for their own purposes. If sexual misconduct is just a thing all men do (remember the feminist eye-rolling at #NotAllMen?), if rape is just what our culture encourages (what the expression ‘rape culture’ implies), how is any one man who stands accused of awfulness worth singling out? The problem is men!

In such contexts – that is, when coming from men who’ve just been accused of sexual misdeeds – “male privilege” is an evasion. Worse, it’s a form of self-congratulation. It shifts the topic at hand from the pain women have suffered to how ‘woke’ the man now is. (This is of particular value to men like Shavit and Parker, who are associated with important social-justice causes.) The rhetoric of privilege allows Shavit to describe his own wandering eye as his having been “afflicted by blindness.” ….

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  1. Reblogged this on My Blog for WOMENinSHADOW.

    November 1, 2016 at 5:31 pm

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