16. Question the advantages men experience because of their gender

As a group, men receive various advantages because of their gender – this is called ‘male privilege’. Read this male privilege checklist, and reflect on how men benefit from gender-based inequalities.

How does it help?

Male privilege is a key aspect of gender inequality, and is related to men’s violence against women. As a group, men have been socialised to expect certain entitlements from women, and to have the right and the privilege to control women. Male privilege serves to justify and enable men’s violence against women. An important part of preventing violence against women is becoming aware of male privilege, and working to challenge it.

Keep going!

You can continue to reflect on and challenge male privilege:

  • Read more about the topic
  • Read this article from Billy Doidge Kilgore, who says that his own male privilege was invisible to him, until he became a parent
  • Have a read through this checklist of actions to challenge male privilege
  • Commit to these actions to challenge men’s sexist entitlement in public spaces

Please note that these clips/articles contain information regarding the topics of sexism, gender inequality and violence against women. If you find the information distressing, please click through for information and support on self care. If you or someone you know is experiencing violence, please visit the our help section for further information and support.