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White Privilege and Male Privilege

Sociology Seminar Presentation
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Katrina Boyles

on 19 November 2012

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Transcript of White Privilege and Male Privilege

White and Male Privilege Peggy McIntosh Male Privilege Katrina Boyles
Sarah Deneault
Jessica Sorbara White Privilege Heterosexuality Privilege Considered taboo
Heterosexual privilege: the power, support and social dominance held by heterosexuals
Certain social assumptions can be made depending on ones sexual orientation
Peggy created a list of privileges that she and her loved ones have because of her lifestyle choices Definitions Privilege: Entitlement granted by authority

Systemic Racism: A system of inequality based on race
Systemic: Spread throughout and affects a group or society as a whole
Dominance: The state that exists when one person or group has power over another Summary Touches on three main issues of unearned privilege-race, gender and sexual orientation
Many people do not notice that some of the privileges they receive may be due to their race or gender.
The author creates a list of privileges that she has encountered
The three issues are completely different so the privileges associated will be different
Do you agree or disagree that there should be privileges that people receive that are dependent upon gender, race or sexual orientation? Male Denial of Privileges

- Men will agree that women are disadvantaged but deny that they are over privileged
- Some will deny that they gain advantages because of women’s disadvantages
- This denial protects male privilege from being fully acknowledged
- This has negatively affected man's development as human beings, and society's development, and the chance that the privilege systems might ever be challenged and changed. .

Other People's Opinions

-Some claim that because of mans contributions to life and civilization that they must be “central in the curriculum”
-There is much denial here too, those believe that it is present but do not agree that males are more important

Getting Rid of this Privilege

-Many believe that there is not sure way to dismantle these privileges
-Can work to improve the status of females but male hegemony will still be there
-Both men and institutions are weary when it comes to this topic
- Universities will not support the idea of "lessening men"
- Men will not like the idea of having less cultural room Whites are not taught to recognize white privilege
This causes unearned assets, that Peggy says she always unknowingly cashes in on daily
This connects with males ignoring male privilege; whites too aren't raised to acknowledge it
Whites are taught to think of their lives as morally neutral, normative, average, and whether they realize it or not, ideal
She identifies some effects of this privilege in her life
Makes a list of 46 items, some of which are:
"i can, if i wish, arrange to be in the company of people of my race most of the time"
"i can be fairly sure of having my voice heard in a group in which i am the only member of my race"
She didn't even realize what she was listing off after a while, accustom to it; again part of her daily life
If these are true then it is not a totally free country McIntosh's Personal Accounts of Unearned Privilege Race Whether I use checks, credit cards, or cash, I can count on my skin color not to work against the appearance that I am financially reliable.

I can be fairly sure that if I argue for the promotion of a person of another race, or a program centering on race, this is not likely to cost me heavily within my present setting, even if my colleagues disagree with me.

If a traffic cop pulls me over or if the IRS audits my tax return, I can be sure I haven't been singled out because of my race.

If I declare there is a racial issue at hand, or there isn't a racial issue at hand, my race will lend me more credibility for either position than a person of color will have. I have no difficulty finding neighborhoods where people approve of our household.
I can travel alone or with my husband without expecting embarrassment or hostility in those who deal with us.
Most people I meet will see my marital arrangements as an asset to my life or as a favorable comment on my likability, my competence, or my mental health.
I will feel welcomed and "normal" in the usual walks of public life, institutional and social. McIntosh says that "some claim that men must be central in the curriculum because they have done most of what is important or distinctive in life or in civilization".Do you agree or disagree with this? Why? Has anyone ever felt that they have received something or been treated a certain way because of their race or gender?
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