Food for Thought. . .
A very thoughtful and important reflection by Julia Wade at our recent Vestry meeting.
Professor Peggy McIntosh was taught to see racism only in individual acts of meanness, not in invisible systems conferring dominance on a particular group. Through her work to bring materials from women’s studies into the rest of the curriculum, she noticed men’s unwillingness to grant that they are over privileged, even though they may grant that women are disadvantaged. They may say they will work to women’s statues, in the society, the university, or the curriculum, but they can’t or won’t support the idea of lessening men’s. Denials that amount to taboos surround the subject of advantages that men gain from women’s disadvantages. These denials protect male privilege from being fully acknowledged, lessened, or ended.
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