“I, an ethnic minority woman, cannot be racist or sexist towards white men because racism and sexism describe structures of privilege based on race and gender and therefore women of colour and minority genders cannot be racist or sexist.”
For those not familiar with this woman, she is the Diversity Officer for Goldsmith University who a couple of weeks ago caused outrage when she banned straight, white men from a diversity event she organised. Presumably, diversity means you get to pick and choose which groups are permitted representation and which should not be permitted to speak. To me, this is the very antithesis of equality.
I’m not sure what kind of distorted logic it takes to believe that being white, male and straight precludes you entitlement from speaking, but there you go. Women of colour and religious and ethnic minorities cannot be petty, hate-fuelled small-minded bigots too. It’s just us white “cisgendered” males with privilege in abundance who only use it to oppress people, who can be racist, sexist bigots.
There are two issues at play here. The first is the notion of male privilege. It’s a kind of tunnel vision on behalf of feminists that all white men have privilege over all women – tunnel vision and deeply untrue to the point of being dangerous. It must take a special kind of distorted logic to think that a homeless man on the streets of London has more privilege over Emma Watson purely because he has a penis. That is the sort of logic we are dealing with here; aside from being untrue, it causes suffering.
This is why feminism has become a dirty word. This is why feminism had become counterproductive to equality – and not because of misogyny which these days appears to mean any criticism of anything any feminist ever says.
“They’re not proper feminists!” we hear time and time again. But what, precisely, are feminists doing about these hate-mongers in their ranks? If #HeForShe asks men to join forces with feminists to bring full equality to the world, what exactly is being done to challenge women like Bahar Mustafa who think men have so much privilege that we deserve to be bottom of the pile? Where are the feminists challenging the notion that all heterosexual sex is rape and women who do so area either willing collaborators or suffering from Stockholm Syndrome?
Implications of “Male Privilege” – The Feminist Perspective
The second problem is the very notion of how “male privilege” is presented and distorted by modern feminism, suggests a number of logical fallacies, not least of all the notion that men cannot suffer difficulty because of privilege. If I am trying to do just one thing with this blog, it is to demonstrate that we do suffer difficulties and disadvantages – particularly from a mental health perspective, with domestic violence and sexual abuse.
Yet feminists like Ms Bahar do not take these issues seriously. If we get a response at all, it is usually along the lines of “boo hoo, see me care while I bathe in make tears!” or a slightly less childish but insidious and incredibly unhelpful buzz phrase like “Toxic Masculinity”which is neither an answer nor an explanation with any substance.
When did social liberalism become anti free speech? When did we on the left think it was acceptable to silence anyone for any reason, let alone because of the genitals they were born with and because of who they prefer to have sex with? Funny, I thought it was the authoritarian right wing that did that sort of thing.
Think this is an isolated case? Even GMP has started to notice.