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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President Trump and Rape Culture – Let Us Begin

President Trump and Rape Culture – Let Us Begin

“26,000 unreported sexual assults [sic] in the military-only 238 convictions. What did these geniuses expect when they put men & women together?” – President Donald Trump

 President Trump made this comment on the social media platform Twitter in May of 2013. This comment embodies the ignorance and social acceptance of sexual assults, the shaming of women and the discrimination against reporting allegations, which all culminates to what we call ‘Rape Culture’.

 Normalizing is the word.

To normalize or deem something trivial because it is socially acceptable to think of an entire population as lesser beings.

To our dismay, the leader of the free country embodies these foul values and frankly – it is about time. There seemed to be some misunderstanding with the American people; as if discrimination had died out or that racism was a foreign concept only found in the backwards small towns of the south.

Welcome to normal.

So let’s begin; let’s break the mold and finally make normalization of rape culture unacceptable. Let us look upon the damage splayed out in front of us formed from decades of blindness and finally see.

Let’s fight.

No not just fight, let’s win. Let’s win and not just for yourself but for her and him and them.

Thank you to every man, woman, unidentified or trans-identified human being who has supported and will support the complete eradication of Rape Culture and discrimination.

Thank You.

Written By: Tanya Burgess