Male Privilege is Very Real

Male Privilege is Very Real

by T.L. Burgess

The Existential Crisis

America is experiencing a ‘what is happening’ feeling right now. People are realizing that men of power have been getting away with inexcusable harassment to the ‘lesser sex’ – welcome to male privilege. Since the uproar from our recent presidential election, Americans have been shocked to find that there is a serious cultural issue in this country. The country is run by rich males who are allowed to do whatever they want without any serious consequences.

Celebrities are individuals who are seen as role models. Often their actions in their personal lives are connected with their professional work if it appears they have a typical American life. Things like watching children grow up, buying a new house and getting married or divorced are all hot topics but a person is a person. Celebrities are not inherently ‘good people’ simply because the life you see in the magazines suggest it. Yet, there is always this upheaval when you realize that someone with so much power, and money and influence could do something so horrible for so long.

What Can be Done?

Yes, one issue is that people don’t report. Victim shaming is very much a contributor to this. Another issue is that traumatic experiences such as sexual assault often happens more than once. A perpetrator is likely to become a repeat offender if their victim does not report. What about the issue of privilege? Is there a reason why celebrities and Presidents get a free pass? Of course there is, because with great power comes great privilege and the safety of women under such power are inconsequential. How can we empower women, how can we empower men to use and not abuse their power, and when will consequences be equal across the board, regardless of power and money and privilege?

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Is Sexism Merely Sexual Assault? by blogger Anya

Is Sexism Merely Sexual Assault? by blogger Anya

Is every inch of this world is not safe for women? This question arises many times, due to the escalating crime rates when the victims are mostly women. These days, it is very easy to find women abuse cases like rape, sexual assault and other inconveniences that women suffer due to sexism. The worst thing is that, such things take place in public place, as well as in some business workplace. Decades ago, sexual assault only happened in third-world countries, though it becomes very common in highly developed countries and metropolis cities.

However, sexism in the workplace is more than just sexual assaults. Women find it hard to reach higher positions, no matter how smart and innovative they are, as compared to male workers. Unity is the key to fight for sexism. Women are urged to go hand-in-hand to fight for their rights. Nowadays, silence is no longer a golden. By being silent, women allow sexism in the workplace to occur for generations which leads to the death of feminism until years to come.