Maybe now’s a good time to check your privilege

I’m talking to you, straight, cis, white men, but before I get #notallmen-ed, not all straight, cis, white men, but, yes, the vast majority of you, so let’s just pretend I’m talking about all of you in the hopes that some of you will read this and give it some real thought; engage in some meaningful self-reflection.

Last week was really been something else for me to both experience and witness. Continue reading “Maybe now’s a good time to check your privilege”

Men: Use your privilege to help us

Typically, we hear about male privilege – and especially white male privilege – in the context of how it hurts everyone else. Today, I want to point out that – whilst we don’t have to like it – that male privilege can also be used to help women.

A few days ago, I shared this article on social media: What’s rape anxiety? This woman explained it to her favorite men, and they were shocked. In the article, the author shares some things she believes women would want the men in their lives to understand when they hear the women in their lives talking about harassment and violence.

I am fortunate in that the men in my life not only listen to me when I speak about my experiences with harassment and violence and how it impacts women on a daily basis, but they’ve also come around to advocating right alongside me. Continue reading “Men: Use your privilege to help us”