Shit Straight White Guys Say

A collection of horrible things said by oppressive people with boatloads of privilege. Straightness, maleness and whiteness are the classic indicators, but there are many other privileges too, like cis privilege and wealthy privilege.

Let me give you some things to Google.

  • White privilege checklist
  • Male privilege checklist
  • Stereotype threat
  • Bechdel test
  • Rape and Abuse statistics by race and gender
  • Wealth gap (yep, even for same job, same quality of work)
  • Studies that distribute identical resumes except for race/gender, white men more likely to be offered job and higher starting salary.
  • Rates that black people are sent to jail for crimes like smoking marijuana compared to white people, despite white people being more likely to smoke
  • 96% of rapists are white, but 80% of jailed rapists are black.
  • Black people are 22% of the poor but get 14% of government benefits. White people are 42% and get 69% of benefits. But black people are still “welfare queens”
  • Media coverage of Trayvon Martin dehumanizing while the media coverage of the Sandy Hooks shooter went out of its way to be especially humanizing.
  • Women perform 66% of the world’s work, but receive only 11% of the world’s income, and own only 1% of the world’s land.
  • Women make up 66% of the world’s illiterate adults.
  • Women head 83% of single-parent families. The number of families nurtured by women alone doubled from 1970 to 1995 (from 5.6 million to 12.2 million).
  • Women account for 55% of all college students, but even when women have equal years of education it does not translate into economic opportunities or political power.
  • There are six million more women than men in the world.
  • Two-thirds of the world’s children who receive less than four years of education are girls. Girls represent nearly 60% of the children not in school.
  • Parents in countries such as China and India sometimes use sex determination tests to find out if their fetus is a girl. Of 8,000 fetuses aborted at a Bombay clinic, 7,999 were female.
  • Wars today affect civilians most, since they are civil wars, guerrilla actions and ethnic disputes over territory or government. 3 out of 4 fatalities of war are women and children.
  • Rape is consciously used as a tool of genocide and weapon of war. Tens of thousands of women and girls have been subjected to rape and other sexual violence since the crisis erupted in Darfur in 2003. There is no evidence of anyone being convicted in Darfur for these atrocities.
  • About 75% of the refugees and internally displaced in the world are women who have lost their families and their homes.
  • Gender-based violence kills one in three women across the world and is the biggest cause of injury and death to women worldwide, causing more deaths and disability among women aged 15 to 44 than cancer, malaria, traffic accident, and war.

[last eleven from here] many of them intersect with racial oppression

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