Peggy McIntosh (Author of White Privilege and Male Privilege)
How male privilege made me a feminist - Dane Woodland - [email protected]
Please take this quick survey to tell us about what happens after you publish a paper. Race and Social Problems. Research suggests that when confronted with evidence of privileged status White people will act to mitigate this evidence by reporting greater levels of personal hardships.
In this chapter, McIntosh explains how she came to understand privilege systems via her work expanding college curriculum to include women. She reviews several layers of denial that protect and prevent awareness about male privilege and draws parallels, from her own experience, with the denials that protect white privilege. She includes a list of forty-six ordinary and daily examples of white privilege that her African American colleagues do not experience. This chapter also includes her parallels to and daily examples of heterosexual privilege. McIntosh distinguishes between conditions that systematically over-empower certain groups to dominate over other groups and conditions that should be the norm in a just society.
For many, white privilege was an invisible force that white people needed to recognize. It was being able to walk into a store and find that the main displays of shampoo and panty hose were catered toward your hair type and skin tone. It was being able to turn on the television and see people of your race widely represented. It was being able to move through life without being racially profiled or unfairly stereotyped. All true. This idea of white privilege as unseen, unconscious advantages took hold. Those interpretations overshadow the origins of white privilege, as well as its present-day ability to influence systemic decisions.
After presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg reflected on the racial and gender advantages he's had during his campaign run on "The Daily Show" Monday, co-hosts of "The View" express their thoughts. The South Bend, Indiana, mayor has risen in popularity since announcing his run amid an overcrowded Democratic field. After having lunch with Rev. Al Sharpton in New York City on Monday, he appeared on "The Daily Show" to speak with host Trevor Noah about the amount of media coverage he's received and whether it's because he's a white man. It's simply harder for candidates of color or female candidates, and I'm very mindful of that. On Tuesday morning, "The View" co-hosts gave feedback to Buttigieg's answer. Abby Huntsman -- who has often mentioned her support for Buttigieg -- thought he responded well by recognizing his advantages over other candidates, but pointed out that he didn't apologize for them.