MYTH: Women are systematically oppressed by the patriarchy.
Universally-sexist men benefit unfairly from male privilege for which they should atone by: checking their male privilege; remaining silent in the presence of women (unless invited to speak by at least a two-thirds super-majority of women present); perpetually confessing, deconstructing, and opposing their own toxic masculinity; and vigilantly calling other men out on their sexism and toxic masculinity (but only in the absence of women, who are uniquely more qualified to speak on the matter).
To accept this myth, one must believe there is no contradiction in the view that (a) feminism is about equality and (b) all boys suck. This myth was brought to you by the same people that whined about Wonder Woman grooming for the male gaze (yes, it was a thing, look it up).
FACT: Women in the U.S. are systematically protected by federal law and privileged by federal support.
The myth-believing, man-hating feminists, soy boys, and incels are mistaken, deceived, or lying.
The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights is a fact-finding federal agency that enhances enforcement of federal civil rights laws by studying allegations of discrimination based on sex (among other factors). The Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice enforces federal statutes prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sex (among other factors). For over 60 years these two federal agencies have opposed oppression based on sex. How exactly does this qualify as systemic oppression?
Furthermore, there are numerous taxpayer funded, federal programs designed exclusively to benefit women. For systematic oppression to exist, matching programs for men must exist *and* they must be superior or at least better funded. Can anyone provide a list of taxpayer-funded, federal programs designed exclusively to benefit men?
Read the following, but switch the descriptors from female to male. Ask yourself: Would anyone tolerate such programs? Would there not be a hue and cry across all media? Would such programs not represent clear, inarguable evidence of male privilege?
White House – White House Council on Women and Girls: To ensure that each of the agencies in which they’re charged takes into account the needs of women and girls in the policies they draft, the programs they create, the legislation they support and that the true purpose of our government is to ensure that in America, all things are still possible for all people.
U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) – Women in Development: Provides technical assistance to USAID missions and develops approaches to new and emerging issues; sponsors projects on education, economic growth, trafficking, and violence against women that promote women’s development.
U.S. Department of Agriculture – Women, Infants and Children Program: Provides Federal grants to States for supplemental foods, health care referrals, and nutrition education for low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, and non-breastfeeding postpartum women, and to infants and children up to age five who are found to be at nutritional risk.
True, men can’t breastfeed, but don’t men deserve help providing food and healthcare for their children as much as women?
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services – The Office of Women’s Health (OWH), U.S. Food and Drug Administration: Serves as a champion for women’s health both within and outside the agency. Works to correct gender disparities in drug, device, and biologics testing and regulation policy; monitors progress of priority women’s health initiatives; and partners with government and consumer groups, health advocates, professional organizations, and industry to promote women’s health.
Office of Research on Women’s Health, National Institutes of Health (NIH): Serves as a focal point for women’s health research at the NIH; promotes, stimulates, and supports efforts to improve women’s health through biomedical and behavioral research on the roles of sex and gender in health and disease; works in partnership with the NIH Institutes and Centers to ensure that women’s health research is part of the scientific framework at NIH and throughout the scientific community; advises the NIH Director and staff on matters relating to research on women’s health; strengthens and enhances research related to diseases, disorders, and conditions that affect women; ensures that research conducted and supported by NIH adequately addresses issues regarding women’s health; ensures that women are appropriately represented in biomedical and biobehavioral research studies supported by NIH; develops opportunities for and supports recruitment, retention, re-entry, and advancement of women in biomedical careers; and supports research on women’s health issues.
The Office on Women’s Health, Office of Public Health and Science, Office of the Secretary: Provides leadership to promote health equity for women and girls through sex/gender-specific approaches. The strategy OWH uses to achieve its mission and vision is through the development of innovative programs, by educating health professionals, and motivating behavior change in consumers through the dissemination of health information.
U.S. Department of Justice – Office on Violence Against Women: Provides federal leadership to reduce violence against women, and to administer justice for and strengthen services to all victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. This is accomplished by developing and supporting the capacity of state, local, tribal, and non-profit entities involved in responding to violence against women.
Federal Bureau of Prisons, Correctional Program Division, Female Offender Branch: The Female Offender Branch develops activities and programs designed to assist female inmates in developing necessary skills to facilitate successful reintegration into the community and to ensure institution security, safety of staff and inmates, and orderly institution operations.
U.S. Department of Labor – Women’s Bureau: Serves as a public policy advocate for working women to improve their status, improve their working conditions, increase their efficiency, and advance their opportunities for profitable employment.
U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) – Office of Women’s Business Ownership Entrepreneurial Development: Promotes women-owned businesses through business training and technical assistance and provides access to credit and capital, federal contracts, and international trade opportunities.
U.S. Department of State – Office of International Women’s Issues: Serves as the Department’s coordinating body for all foreign policy issues related to the political, economic, and social advancement of women in democracy worldwide. Recognizing that the full and equal participation of women in the political, economic, and social spheres of society is a key ingredient for democratic development, the mandate of this Office is to mobilize concrete support for greater women’s empowerment, promote greater awareness of gender-based violence and discrimination, and to ensure that women’s human rights are considered along with, not segregated from, other human rights in the development of U.S. foreign policy.
Bureau of International Organization Affairs: Coordinates U.S. participation in U.N. bodies that deal with human rights, humanitarian relief and refugees, women’s issues, trafficking in persons, and disability issues.
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs – Center for Women Veterans: Ensures that women veterans have access to VA benefits and services on a par with male veterans; VA programs are responsive to gender-specific needs; outreach is performed to improve women veterans’ awareness of services, benefits, and eligibility criteria; and women veterans are treated with dignity and respect.
You have just seen evidence of systematic female privilege. Faced with evidence, the unshaven, free-bleeding, tampon-earring-wearing, human-yeast-baking, comically-coiffed, vagina supremacists can be expected to make predictable personal attacks.
“You’re uneducated! I’m not going to refute your evidence because I can’t, plus it’s not my job to educate you! How dare you challenge my ignorant assumptions! Indoctrinate yourself!”
“You must be a fat, ugly virgin living in mommy’s basement. I can’t prove that, and it is fat-shaming, and it is beauty shaming, but you deserve it because, um, facts and logic are constructs of the patriarchy!”
“You must be a white supremacist, hillbilly, sister-f#cking, Trump supporter! I can’t prove that, and it’s off-topic, and it’s racist, and it’s regionist, and it’s classist, but it’s supposed to mean I win, even if I’m white. Reee! Reee! Reeeeeeeee!”
“Boo-hoo the privileged white male had his feelings hurt. Your male fragility is so funny! A real man would be strong enough to never disagree with me, because that’s his place. A strong man would prove it by accepting any abuse meekly, you pussy, uh, but not in an empowering female way. Uh, plus, uh, blue wave, you snowflake!”
When they make personal attacks, you know they have lost.
What do I know? I’m just Gaibroh.