How do you deal with the loss of male privilege?
Just at a point of clarification, “male privilege” is best defined as “a sociological term that refers quite generally to any special rights or status granted to men in a society, on the basis of their sex or gender, but usually denied to women.”
The best answer I could come up with was that I never really saw it as something to be lost. I’m sure I experienced the phenomenon of male privilege, but was never really aware of it. My career certainly hasn’t benefitted from it and it never brought me any emotional solace.
I think what I miss more is the loss of “heterosexual privilege” – or being removed from the so called sexual majority.
For example, there is also such a thing as “female privilege”. It’s not as pronounced in our culture and not all women benefit from it. As a transgender person, however, I don’t benefit from either male or female privilege. There are other privileges I am still privy to, for better or for worse, such as white privilege, economic privilege, etc. I’m not endorsing them, but acknowledging they exist in our society. I’m not complaining about what life is bringing, but developing what I hope is a healthy awareness of the world I move in.
All because a good friend was kind enough to ask a question! Keep ’em coming!