Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Gender Symmetry Checklist?

So you've seen The Female Pvielge Checklist.

So you've seen The Male Privilege Checklist.

And you've seen people talk about how the gendered oppression of men and women are closely related.

And then you realize you've thought about this in the past and then didn't give it much thought again...until someone puts a rather compelling and sensible name to it.

The Gender Symmetry Checklist.

So simple it verges on being diabolical.

If we are all in this together and we are all supposed to be helping each other out with each other's issues then why just compile them into one large list? Sure listing them separately may be done with noble intentions but in the end it usually comes down to an opportunity to point fingers at someone to blame and to show that a certain side are the ones that need help. Kill all that noise and put them all in one big list. And besides I bet listing them all together would probably get people who have focused all or the vast majority of their attention on one list to actually take a moment to look at how the other side is living. Not just "yeah they have some bad things going on too..." lip service but to really look at how the other side is really hurting when it comes to gender.

So to put it simply Amp, ballgame, Noahbrand, and Typhon Blue may just be on to something...

Looks like I have something to do tomorrow since I'm not going to work.

(I'll say this. Feel free to argue over the merit of specific items being called a privilege or oppression but there will be no talk of who "has it worse". My moderation on this will be swift and unyielding. Oh and one other thing, well actually three:

1. If you are going to argue that something is not a privilege then be ready to back that shit up. For example no, "that's not a privilege because there's no such thing as female privilege" is not back up. If you can actually attempt to argue/prove/show why female privilege doesn't exist then please do. And please be ready for counter arguments.

2. If you are going to argue that something not an oppression then be ready to back that shit up. For example no, "that's not an oppression because men as a class cannot be oppressed" is not back up. If you can actually attempt to argue/prove/show why male oppression does not exist then please due. And please be ready for counter arguments.

3. As far as trying to disprove a privilege stating that you don't like it is not enough to disprove it. Its very possible for something to exist despite not liking it. Fro tip to Paul on this one.)

2 comments:

Paul said...

Also, if I may add a rule #3: Just because you don't happen to "like" one way that you are privileged does not negate that it is privilege. For example: Chivalry, or being promoted ahead of coworkers because of your gender.

Danny said...

Ah good one Paul. And considering I didn't add in an actual #3...

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