Posts Written by Emmett

A Response to Guyland

A Student Response to Guyland

A woman, a white woman, at a feminist book discussion, once opined that all women, of all walks of life, have a common experience of female oppression. As the room nodded in agreement, one woman, a black woman, stood up, and said, ‘Well, no. What do you see when you look in the mirror in the morning?’. The white woman said, ‘a woman’. The black woman responded, ‘When I look in the mirror, I see a black woman. When you see just a woman, and don’t see your race, that’s what privilege is’. The one man in the room, meanwhile, had an epiphany- when he looked in the mirror, he saw ‘a person’. It was that day that that man ceased to be ‘a person’, and became a middle-class white man. That middle class white man was Michael Kimmel, professor of sociology.

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