The male privilege checklist
By Chloe Angyal
The Male Privilege Checklist is based on an idea by
This list is a short compilation of the many privileges enjoyed by men in
- My odds of being hired for a job, when competing against female applicants, are probably skewed in my favour. The more prestigious the job, the more the odds are skewed.
- I can be confident that my coworkers won’t think I got my job because of my sex – even though that might be true.
- I am far less likely to face sexual harassment at work than my female coworkers are.
- If I choose not to have children, my masculinity will not be called into question.
- My elected representatives are mostly people of my own sex. The more prestigious and powerful the elected position, the more this is true.
- If I am promiscuous, there is no chance that I will be seriously labelled a “slut”.
- I do not have to worry about the message my wardrobe sends about my sexual availability or my gender conformity.
- The grooming regimen expected of me is relatively cheap and consumes little time.
- My ability to make important decisions and my ability in general will never be questioned depending on what time of the month it is.
- If I fail in my job or career, I can fee sure this won’t be seen as a black mark against my entire sex’s capabilities.
- I will never be expected to change my name upon marriage or questioned if I don’t change my name.
- The decision to hire me will never be based on the assumptions about whether or not I might choose to have a family sometime soon.
- Every major religion in the world is led primarily by people of my own sex. Even God, in most major religions, is pictured as male.
- If I have children with a wife or girlfriend, chances are she’ll do most of the childrearing, and in particular the most dirty, repetitive and unrewarding parts of childrearing.
- Violence against me is called a “crime” and is a general social concern. Violence that happens to most women is usually called “domestic violence” or “date rape” and is seen as a special interest issue.
- I have the privilege of being unaware of my male privilege.
This list is excerpted from an article by Barry Deutsch in Voice Male, the magazine of the Men’s