Through work to bring materials from women's studies into the rest of the
curriculum, I have often noticed men's unwillingness to grant that they are
overprivileged, 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.
Thinking through unacknowledged male privilege as a phenomenon, I realized
that, since hierarchies in our society are interlocking, there was most likely a
phenomenon of while privilege that was similarly denied and protected. As a
white person, I realized I had been taught about racism as something that puts
others at a disadvantage, but had been taught not to see one of its corollary
aspects, white privilege, which puts me at an advantage.