Over on her LJ, Rachel Edidin debunks purported “female privileges” one by one:
Let’s take a closer look at some of these “female privileges”:
1. I am physically able to give birth to another human being, and then do my best to mold her or him into the kind of person I choose.
My sexual choices are more likely than a biological man’s to have life-altering consequences. As a result, the responsibility for birth control is tacitly mine. However, I am less likely to retain custody in the event of a divorce.
2. I am not automatically expected to be the family breadwinner.
If I am not contributing financially to my household, is assumed that I will be a parasite, or, at best, confined to the domestic sphere. In exchange for financial support, I will be assumed to “owe”
3. I feel free to wear a wide variety of clothes, from jeans to skimpy shorts to dresses as appropriate, without fear of ridicule.
If I am harassed or assaulted, it is likely that I will be blamed because of my choice of attire and/or adornment. My culture perceives many styles of dress as inviting extremely invasive and/or personal commentary by strangers, and the style of my dress will have a much more profound affect on my personal and professional opportunities.
Read the rest of the 25 point list here: When I Say “Check Your Privilege”…