"if you don't have a strategy, you're part of someone else's strategy."
– a. toffler
"What can we do today, so that tomorrow we can do what we are unable to do today?"
– Paulo Freire
A pro-feminist man sent me an email asking how he could soften the effect of his privilege in mixed-sex discussions.
Attending to pro-feminist men isn’t the most important thing about my feminism, so I didn’t want to take too long on this, but I sketched out the following list.
Because it’s a sketch, it’s incomplete and may contain errors and problems. I’ve tried to filter out as many as possible and I hope it’s more-good-than-harm.
Most significantly, while the list appeals to men to consider how their privileges intersect, the rest of the points only particularly speak to male privilege in an environment where there are no other privileges in play, for example, everyone is equally white. So this list, by itself, is insufficient.
That said, here it is.