Writing about feminism can bring you into contact with some really—stalwart opinions. I’m asked to provide proof, constantly, of how this supposed privilege exists, considering women now have the right to vote. The abrupt shut down is hurtful and leaves you reeling a bit, but eventually, you get used to hearing it and ready your reply. Have it on tap.
In response to the right to vote: Somehow, the right to vote has become the magic bullet. It cured all our ills, ladies! Why don’t you get that? Because no, it didn’t. It alleviated some legal issues, but it hasn’t erased cultural ideology or systemic gender prejudice of laws and treatment. It hasn’t alleviated indoctrinated gender roles that reproduce sexism. Women are taught from an early age the things that control their hearts and minds, which in a lot of cases make them wardens of their own prison. For instance, women who hate the right to have a choice in her reproductive life. Women who believe that they must control other women, compete against other women, or malign other women to get ahead. Women who sell out other women for the attention of men. Women who roll their eyes at the word feminism.
But, since a woman is still less likely to be believed in factual statements compared to a male counterpart, even if that counterpart is a known liar, let’s let a man mansplain it to those who want proof/examples of everyday sexism (some of these are really fun)…
“People still try to deny the existence of male privilege, but these examples show that it’s very real – and quite influential.”