• Samuel J Jack

The Male Privilege Myth

After the murder of Sarah Everard a vigil was held on Saturday afternoon on Clapham Common attended by women campaigning for safer streets in London.

Predictably, within hours, the vigil had turned into a protest and had been taken over by feminist activists out to cause trouble.

The Met, similar to previous protests during lockdown, came in with full force and began handcuffing and arresting a number of women and bundling them into the back of police vans.

One woman in particular, whom I shall not name because she’s a narcissist, handcuffed on the floor by six police officers, was conveniently lit up and photographed by a passer by. Just her luck! She became the poster gal for the patriarchally oppressed adult human female.

Not one to miss an opportunity, and adopting the George Floyd blueprint, various activist groups have hijacked the death of a young woman and turned it into an issue of identity, mainly that men and the patriarchy are to blame for her untimely death.

Labour MP and chronic fruit loop Zarah Sultana was the first to blame the patriarchy when she attended an illegal protest in Westminster earlier this week.

With the intended passion of Malcolm X but the execution of Ronald McDonald she addressed the woke mob by saying:

“All Sarah wanted to do that night was walk home. She wasn’t allowed to do that because of the patriarchy!”

Quite how the actions of a single off duty police officer constitute the actions of all men ever, I don’t quite know. But hey, don’t let the truth get in the way of a good story.

So what is the truth and why does it matter?

Let’s start with ‘The Patriarchy’.

Conspiratorial minded radical feminists believe that a system exists within society whereby men hold all the power and women are excluded from it. It is one of many terms available in the wokists grab bag of bullshit.

When you question the validity of this argument the first response is often what I like to call ‘The CEO Fallacy.’ Radical feminists argue that because chief executives of companies are predominantly male, this proves the existence of the patriarchy and male privilege.

To an extent, they have a point.

93% of CEOs of FTSE 100 companies are male. But that’s only 0.0001395% of the population. How one can argue that such an incomprehensibly small percentage of the population is representative of the power of all males is quite frankly laughable.

And I guess at this point to suggest that the under representation of female CEOs might be down to women opting to have children instead of pursuing 100 hour a week careers would be sexist right? Moving on.

The Male Privilege Myth

Now assuming you’ve had a lobotomy and believe all that patriarchy waffle, perhaps we should look at the ‘privileges’ afforded to males in modern society, or lack thereof.

A good starting point is the issue of homelessness. Men are disproportionately affected by homelessness compared to women with men being 5 times more likely to be homeless than their female counterparts.

In 2019/2020 alone there were 8,800 homeless men in Britain compared with 1750 women. Privileged? Try lecturing your local homeless bloke on his privilege and see what happens.

Similarly, when we look at suicide statistics, something that has been on the rise during the pandemic, men again account for 75% of deaths.

2019 recorded the highest suicide rate amongst males in two decades with over 4300 men taking their own lives. This is compared to 1380 women. The reason for the disparity? Mind, a mental health charity, suggest that men are more likely to use lethal force.

Haven’t had enough male privilege? Good. There’s more.

You are 12 times more likely to die in a war if you’re male. And that makes sense. 89.1% of UK regular forces is male. Thats 129,480 men exchanging their privilege for the risk of death. How kind of them.

Now let’s say you do make it home alive. You’ve served your country and you want to return home to enjoy life as a hero. Well there’s more privilege waiting for you. This time homelessness is making a comeback.

The Royal British Legion estimates that up to 6% of all homeless men in Britain are veterans. And we all know that veterans are at the back of the line when it comes to help with accommodation. Unless they arrive on a dinghy of course.

This brings me onto to the final area of privilege or as I like to call it ‘Well it is their own fault privilege.’

Men are 21 times more likely to be incarcerated than their female counterparts with 78,710 inmates currently doing time at Her Majesty’s Pleasure in Britain.

In line with these figures, as one would expect, most victims of murder are male. 695 men were murdered in 2020, a whopping 20% increase on the year before. Compared to women who saw a 16% decline to a mere 188. I know which I’d rather be.

If these figures constitute male privilege and the existence of a patriarchal society controlled by men then someone needs firing.

Now, how do I join the patriarchy?

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