Do men need to check their privilege? | FACTUAL FEMINIST

Do men need to check their privilege? Gender
activists tell us that men carry around with them an invisible knapsack of advantage. Well,
is this true and is it the whole story? Let’s check the facts. Coming up next on the Factual
Feminist. If you are willing to cherry pick, stretch
the truth a bit, and suppress counterevidence, you can easily make it seem like women are
the have-nots in our society. You point to the wage gap, the glass ceiling. You focus
on women’s vulnerability to body shaming, sexual objectification, mansplaining, street
harassment, intimate partner violence. Before long you will have constructed a full-scale
patriarchy. And we have hundreds of women’s groups who do just that—they specialize
in persuading us that Venus is victimized and Mars is privileged.
But here is the problem. Women’s advocacy groups tend to exaggerate the plight of Venus
and ignore the troubles on Mars. As I have tried to show in earlier segments of this
series, most of the standard feminist injustice statistics are exaggerated or just plain wrong.
It not true that women are being cheated out of 23 percent of their salaries or that 1
in five will be victims of sexual assault. And it’s also the case that, in many critical
domains, women are faring far better than men.
Let’s consider a few: In education, it is women who are the privileged
sex. At every level of education—from preschool to graduate school—and across all ethnic
and class lines, women get better grades, win most of the honors and prizes, and are
far more likely to go to college. Today, women earn a majority of BAs and advanced degrees.
Our schools do a much better job educating women than men. Now look at the workplace. Women’s groups
focus a lot of attention on people at the pinnacle of achievement—CEOs of Fortune
500 corporations, tenured physics professors at MIT, U.S. Senators—and they are right
to say that there are too few women. But look what happens when you consider the entire
workforce. There may be a tiny handful of women—but the lethal professions are largely
a male preserve. As my favorite dissident feminist, Camille Paglia, has noted: “It is
overwhelmingly men who do the dirty, dangerous work of building roads, pouring concrete,
laying bricks, tarring roofs, hanging electric wires, excavating natural gas and sewage lines,
cutting and clearing trees, and bulldozing …” So it’s no surprise that the Bureau of Labor
Statistics reports that every year about 5,000 Americans die each year in workplace accidents—92
percent of them men. We hear about the Fortune 500 CEOs, but what about the unfortunate 4,600?
Alongside male salaries, perhaps some mention should be made of male sacrifice. Whenever perturbed gender warriors draw up
lists of male advantages, they always mention men’s freedom from fear of being attacked.
It’s true that women are much more likely to be victims of rape and sexual assault.
But men are much more likely to be victims of violent crime as a whole:
Consider Campus crime–men may need safe spaces more than women–according to the Bureau of
Justice Statistics: Men are twice as likely to be victims of a violent crime on campus.
Look at the overall Murder: Of 12,253 murder victims in 2013, 78 percent were men.
Even on the Internet, men face as much or more bullying than women. According to Pew
Research, More women than men are sexually harassed (7% women and 4% men), but men are
the primary targets of threats (10% men compared to 6% of women).
Let’s continue: Here are more facts that challenge the male privilege mantra:
Suicide: 77.9% were male, 22.1% female . Incarceration: 93.3% of federal inmates are
male and even when men and women commit the same crime and have similar criminal histories,
men receive 63 percent longer prison sentences on average.
Homelessness: it’s estimated that more than 60% of homeless individuals are male.
Combat: 85 percent of active duty soldiers are men. Though there are many women serving
in the armed services, fewer than 8 percent profess a desire to engage in combat. If you
visit a veteran’s hospital or rehabilitation center, male privilege is not the first idea
that comes to mind. And now for the mother of all gender gaps—life
expectancy : Women’s average life expectancy is nearly 5 years longer than men.
In sum: men must be the only oppressor class in history who are less educated, more victimized,
and shorter lived than those they oppress—and who have claimed society’s gritty, dangerous
jobs their exclusive preserve. The Factual Feminists verdict: Modern life
is a complicated mix of burdens and benefits for each sex. Men and women enjoy distinctive
advantages and face distinctive challenges. So if men have to check their privilege, then
so do women. But why play this game? Why do so many activists
want to promote gender resentment? Men and women are not two opposing teams competing
for some trophy. We are in this together. Our fates are intimately connected. As one
wit has observed, “Nobody will ever win the battle of the sexes. There’s too much
fraternizing with the enemy.” My advice: Let’s dispense with the bitter
rhetoric about male privilege and get on with the fraternizing … and sororitizing. Do you think one sex is more privileged than
the other? Or do you agree that it’s a complicated mix? Let me know in the comments section below.
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And remember—before telling a man to check his privilege, check your facts. Thank you
for watching the Factual Feminist.

100 thoughts on “Do men need to check their privilege? | FACTUAL FEMINIST”

  1. I really like this video, and I'm using some of the examples shown in it for my essay on the problems with modern feminism. Is there any way I could have the links to the primary sources? If anyone could help me, I'd appreciate it 🙂

  2. A very fair and impartial perspective. We need to look at the overall situation of men and women in society and face the truth.

  3. What the Left is trying to do is obvious. Over the US history mostly white men have held power. It’s not a judgement call it’s simply true. But it’s also the case that those in power, at least until the last 20 years or so, have been mostly conservatives. So the Left wants to shift that power. The Left says they want to give power to minorities and women but that’s an out-and-out lie. What they REALLY want: to shift power to liberals. But they realize it would appear “unseemly” if, say, Bernie Sanders or Joe Biden held the power because, well, they’re “old white men” — the Left’s words not mine. They say they dislike that demographic but it’s not true; they dislike CONSERVATIVE white men — or women. So the Left is creating artificial rules and also lying to people with little minds in order to transfer power away from conservative white men and they’re willing to take that power any way they can get it. So they’re acting as a so-called proxy, at least implying, “If we liberals have power we’ll at least give some of it to women and minorities.” It is total bulls—t. Unfortunately not many conservatives even understand what’s going on so they’re giving in to these artificial rules, such as “checking their male privilege.” I say to Democrats, “Screw you. I will NOT allow myself to get run over by your stupidity because you are morons. And you have no ethics to boot.” This is why I strongly dislike modern-day liberals: they are liars.

  4. Equality is a MYTH, equality only exists in one and only one place and that is mathematics.
    People need to understand where they stand in the pecking order and NOT be bamboozled into thinking they can be anything they want to be.

  5. Look: money isn't everything. What I want to know is why when I walk into a surf shop like city beach or osmosis in my city, 90% of the employees are women? This is literally an inequality of opportunity! You don't think I want a kushy job working in retail?! I HAVE NO DEBT. I HAVE NO OVERBEARING FINANCIAL OBLIGATIONS! I HAVE NO CHILDREN! I HAVE EXPERIENCE AND I'M QUALIFIED!

    The reason is that they employ attractive young females to prey on the weakness and stupidity of thirsty males in order to get a sale. And this is all and only because we have allowed women to govern sexual selection. That and most males are fucking idiots who don't see this.

    Turn it on it's head, men.

    I don't want money, I just want a nice easy job where I get to wear nice clothes in air-conditioning rather than car detailing in a sweatshop all summer.

    You know, like MEN do.

  6. Women have more privilege in the Western world than men.
    Women, by default, get custody of children in a divorce case and that a man has to file separate to prove that the woman cannot sustain the child rather than the court deciding whether who is more beneficial to the child immediately.
    Women cannot be incarcerated for sexual assault of a man.
    Men by default are the ones police assume is the aggressor in an emergency call for domestic abuse
    It is perfectly legal for hospitals to circumcise a boy's penis after birth without consent of the parents.
    STEM fields favor female enrollment and employment over equally qualified men
    Abuse shelters do not accept men.
    Just the mere accusation of Rape can destroy a man's life (It is probably more expedient to just kill the guy accused of rape immediately as the damage is almost irreversible and the sweet release of death is probably more welcome than being poor forever because of severe underemployment and a destroyed career)
    Non-reciprocated Domestic abuse, Women make up the majority of aggressors
    Women can file for Child Support from a sperm donor.
    Women can file for Child Support from a man they stole their semen from
    Women don't get their issues shot down by mobs, politicians, and the Media. cough cough International Men's Day debacle
    Women are not treated with disgust and harsh criticism for failing to support a child.
    Women are free to give children up for adoption without the consent of the Father
    Women are free to abort a baby without the consent of the father EVEN BEFORE THE PRO-CHOICE MOVEMENT
    Men require the consent of women in order to get certain medical procedures like a vasectomy

    Men require to sign up for conscription in order to qualify for Federal Aid, a Driver's License, and the ability to vote.

  7. I like her, this is true. The bosses behave with a male Vs a female is a huge difference. Me and my wife are in same finance profession but the humiliation a male take everyday is 50 times more. You will feel like either kill your boss or kill yourself

  8. It actually saddened me that men are seen disposable. They are more likely to get killed in a workplace and are less likely to live longer and sometimes I think about it alot and learn they done so much for us they deserve better

  9. This video should be required viewing for every woman's studies and sociology class in high school and University.

  10. You know what? It's true men are privileged. Men are physically larger, stronger, and faster, while men are also more emotionally stable, calm, cool, and collected, while men are also smarter and more inventive than women. Name one nation, country, or empire a woman founded. In 10 seconds name female inventions vs 10 seconds name inventions made by men. So yes men are in fact privileged in that men are the better sex.

  11. I am going to play devil's advocate. For the most part, male privilege is a myth. The wage gap was debunked by female Harvard professor Claudia Goldin:

    Who said that the real reason men make more money than women is because men prioritize earnings more than women:
    Men are more likely to work overtime:
    Men are more likely to ask for raises:
    Women are more likely to take time off:
    Women are more likely to take sick days:
    Men are more competitive:
    And men are more likely to take risks:

    Another alleged male privilege is the fact that men account for the majority of CEO's and politicians. When pointing out that fact, there are a few things that people fail to take into account. First of all, that is largely the result of different choices that men and women make. Second of all, the majority of men are NOT CEOs and politicians, and the fact that the small percent of our population that are happens to be mostly male does little to nothing to benefit the average man. Third, even though men are the majority of people in power, men are also the majority of people who work dirty dangerous jobs like trash collector and sewer maintenance worker, the majority of people who die in combat (see page 13 of American War and Military Operations Casualties @t ) and the majority of the homeless population ( @t ) and there are a lot more trash collectors, sewer maintenance workers, homeless people and dead soldiers than there are CEOs and politicians.

    However, there is one thing that MIGHT be an example of male privilege. Getting sterilization surgeries. Click this link ( @CJfw ) to see a video by You Tube personality Vegan Gains, his real name is Richard he goes by vegan Gains online, where he talked about how, when they were dating, he and his wife bonded over their hatred of kids. The wife, who was in that video, was born in Belgium and moved to Canada to be with Richard. She talked, in that video, about how she wanted to get sterilized but you can't get a tubal litigation surgery in Belgium unless you are at least 40 years of age or you have given birth before. Richard got a vasectomy in his early 20's never having reproduced before.

    This one isolated anecdote doesn't prove that male privilege is a real thing, because aside from being only one isolated anecdote, these two different stories happened in two different countries. It could simply be a matter of geography.

  12. Those extreme feminists are MORONS! The "My body, My choice" is a CROCK OF SH*T. MEN, Use birth control or morning after pill if you arent planning on having a family, or you are just as guilty! Feminazi's convince brain-dead women to go to Planned Parenthood, who profit off of killing babies for their body parts and andrenochrome farming, and
    who disguise it all as a womens right issue. These people are literal demons in the flesh. WAKE UP PEOPLE !!! ABORTION IS TORTURE AND MURDER.

    Also another big issue for feminazi's are trangender issues. If your gay, thats fine, but transgender people are mentally ill, with an insane rate of suicide. They should not be reading to kids in schools, kindergardeners shouldnt be asked what sex do they feel that they are. Stop confusing  our kids and taking masculinity out of society. There is an attack on our childrens mind body and spirituality and everyone is just letting this happen….. I pray anyone reading this that agrees with this view to share it as much as possible. God Bless

  13. I ignore women on my job. They either slow me down or represent unknown risks.

    Men are waking up in droves. Men built western society and all women have done is complain

    There are very few women in western society who contributed to the great works of art, literature or sciences.

    Matter of fact Women and the feminized men who follow them are ripping down monuments of great men in western history.

    Throwing out great writers and philosophers, pulling their books from shelves in every campus.

    I dont want women around me at all… stay out of my home and dont come up to me at work.

  14. I like this lady’s videos but wondering if it is some kind of social experiment, especially when looking at some of the comments from men. I sometimes find myself disagreeing with her suggestions. Eg, surely females attaining higher grades is based on merit rather than female privilege?

  15. Women don't know what it's like to be a man. Their thinking is all wrong. I've got a lot of problems and what privileges do I have? None.

    This world abuses the hell out of men just as much as women.😢
    In some cases it's harder for men then women.

  16. This video was great. The only problem is people are going to use this as advantage to insult others. But this has great points and talks about things I've always wanted to say. Both women and men can be trashy humans. So don't take it all on men. And don't take it all on women.

  17. I have always known that most of feminism is based on grievously exaggerated data (if data is even used) but it is nice to see how it exactly breaks down by the most reputable studies available rather than something a woman hears from another woman through the typical social media inspired epidemiology.

  18. “If you don’t know what it’s like to be a boy, you have no business or right to tell boys they have it easy because of privilege.” -Dr. Shaym

  19. OH yeah I am so privileged to get up each morning and go to work. I go to work, its expected of me but my wife or girlfriend if she does not work but wants to do housework that is fine but lets say i am not working and she is and i want to stay at home and do housework then WHAT yes i will be called a freeloader or a bum or worse. I love to listen to women who have no real clue giving the rest of humanity a life lesson. Has nothing to do with this woman or her facts i cant refute them..

  20. This isn't realistic at all, its women who are the privileged lityle princess' . This is the reason why feminism is such a joke to almost everyone (Women included), they are literally making it up as the go along, no man thinks he is above a woman, maybe in islam yes but modern western men do not think like that, They're creating all these scenario 's about women being victimized when it doesnt happen. If you all hate men so much just leave us alone and stop trying to be one.

  21. No, women need to check there owen privileges and quit thinking they can control anyone other than their Owen actions.

  22. Female privilege is being able to get out of speeding tickets because you look cute. Female privilege is being able to get out of any bad situation or living situation by having sex. Being able to make money just by selling pictures of your body is another one. Those are just the natural privileges. Think about being a girl for a second and tell me it wouldn't it be awesome.

  23. Can anybody be kind enough to list out the struggles of both sexes and the statistics?? If you don’t want to, can you at least where to start searching??

  24. Any man that has been divorced,and is now destitute while his former wife owns the home they once shared does not feel so privileged.

  25. OMG. How true is this? I've just spent a year at University being bullied, harassed and threatened by "feminists" and when I complained, I was excluded.

  26. While I do love fact based statements like these, I feel debunking "male privilege" doesn't give less weight to the fact that yes, women are subject to more attacks at night or generally walk around with fear of being attacked. Citing the problems we men face doesn't make less important that women are victims to this type of crime more.

  27. Very enjoyable video, and your views on these problems have proven to be a bit enlightening. This will be really useful when I am attempting to tell someone that their motivations being guided by the idea of "privilege" is misdirected as to avoid revelations of the much bigger picture. Men and women, by nature, are different! Life wouldn't work if we were all the same. Literally AND figuratively! If we didn't have the amazing men and women we have today, who are absolutely KILLING it in their respectively dominated industries, we wouldn't have the world that works smooth like clockwork, as we take for granted to this day.

  28. You and I disagree on many things.

    In spite of that, I bear a deep appreciation for your focus on fairness and reason, your willingness to debate and discuss, your polite manner of expressing disagreement, and your reliance on a solid basis of facts in your arguments.

    You're a role model to me. ❤️

  29. I wish more feminists are like this. Something i've found out is that transgender females (I am one) may be targeted as well by these more modern "feminists" Believe me here, I just wanna live my life as my own identity to be honest, but oppression is something that is upholded against. May be serving in the military when I graduate high school, so I can perhaps add anumber to the female side. Who else on here is betting that the 835 dislikes are from modern feminists? Like or comment if you agree.

  30. you gotta love male privilege when you’re the sports athlete and a girl falsely accused you of rape and you lost your school, life, future job

  31. This is stupid — because male dominance/inequality creates the conditions that are bad for men — violent crime, suicide, stupidity dangerous and underpaid work… and war.

  32. In the past maybe men were privileged more especially in middle eastern societies. In America today women are far more privileged

  33. "Why play this game? We are in this together." Quote of the decade. If only people stopped acting like children and listened.

  34. There should a masculine group that bc feminism needs to be stopped you guys heard about Sweden making a law that guys have to sit down and pee? Feminism some women use the word rape as a threat it's like there holding a gun towards you but instead it's worse bc once you get accused of rape your dignity your life is over even if your name is cleared everyone will still black mail and shame you and that leads to the ultimate decision escape this hell or suffer it longer and most people choose to escape it by hanging them selves so I think feminism needs to end even if you dont suicide your publically dead and if a man accuses a women of rape no one believes it and they go Scott free not a single person would say shes guilty bc we guys are thought to be stronger more powerful but those were the 14 hundreds this is the 21st century where women are more dominant and we guys are just slaves and when we try to raise a finger they cut us down like wolves people still think that men are stronger more powerful but that's far from truth honestly we humans should die out the stupidity is going to far suicide is just a way of saying I give up bc those who get accused of something are already dead mentally not physically and that mind wants to escape this physical body and the only way is to kill your self

  35. What "Male privilege"? The only "Male privilege" we've had has been to slave away for some female who didn't appreciate it and always complained it wasn't enough. All we got in return was occasional grudging sex. Had I to do it over, there would never have been a steady female in my life. It just isn't worth it.

  36. Women have more rights and far more privilege than men!
    It's great to hear a woman speak the truth and provide facts! Unlike militant femanist who lie and embellish facts and figures to further their cause!

  37. 10 years ago, a 15 year old boy with autism was accused of wanting to kill three girls. The dean called in a police investigation and three psychological evaluations. Each came out providing evidence to his innocence. Still the dean put him through a witch hunt because he didn't want to be wrong. The boy was eventually transferred to a special needs school. As an adult, the boy deals with anxiety and depression. He learned from his experience that if a woman were to accuse him of anything, the world will be stacked against him no matter the evidence. He no longer trusts women. MALE PRIVILEGE

  38. I think in schools the "Privilege" females have is that they tend to spend less time larking around than male students. There is a good case for single gender schools. Although I feel it is better for boys and girls to learn to socialise. So single gender classes mixed extra curricular activities would work.

    As a male I have not ever felt particularly privileged, especially when I got divorced.

    We can all play the victim card, just some people like to deal themselves an all victim hand.

  39. Thank you, prof. Sommers ^.^
    Often I miss some key concepts and words, but thanks to this video, I'll miss em less and you lessen, indeed, the resentment towards women, by giving such concepts that serve as a way to get out of the victimized zone and by showing the enlighted vision to respond to the mainstream feminism

  40. I'm privileged with my man inteligence,that makes me stronger sex.I'm smarter than you.Thats why I'm stronger,and you are weaker.

  41. Women has a lot to fear. Men stumble upon a lot of hidden traps. <– best comment i have ever heard about the difference in sex defined privilege.

  42. Have you ever considered that it could be a completely different world if it were a matriarchy, so then all of your example might be null and void?
    The point should be to prove how after men having ran things for ten thousand years, that these bad things are not related to the structure forged by them. I think they are the result of a patriarchal system

  43. It's like this:

    Tests showed that 64% of humans are sadistic! (ranging from mild "acceptable" to hardcore)

    This means that 64% of humans will exploit positions of power, like adjusting speed so that a car gets blocked behind a truck for example.

    And in case of men versus women, physical strength is a position of power.

    What do women seek themselves mostly?
    Strong men who are sadistic towards others!
    And when the love becomes routine, and money starts going to kids instead of nightlife, these men will simply start exercising this instinctive hobby on their wife and kids!
    Enjoy your choice, ladies!

  44. The concept of male privilege in western society is projection used by modern feminists. Its obvious that females are the ones getting special privileges. However modern feminists incorrectly played the privileged card first. Now its overshadowing the need to give men and boys support from society. Many males who don't have friends had previously used the media as a source of support and encouragement. Now females get support from both men and women while also getting most support and encouragement through the media. Too many boys and men don't understand the concept of support and how much it helps.

    So what if most CEO's for fortune 500 companies are men?! That shouldn't take away from those that need help!

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