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Op Ed

Kotaku - Nerds and Male Privilege.
The idea that perhaps the way women are portrayed in fandom is aleetle sexist is regularly met with denials, justifications and outright dismissal of the issue. So regularly, in fact, that there's a Bingo card covering the most common responses. Part of the notion of male privilege in fandom is that nothing is wrong with fandom and that suggestions that it might benefit from some diversity is treated as a threat.

But what is that threat, exactly?

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82. Re: Op Ed Dec 19, 2011, 18:17 Prez
So to reiterate, you perceive there to be a lack of fairness. I perceive no such lack, at least in the workplace. I guess it comes down to real life experience, which, because neither you nor I can work at all of the businesses out there to witness all the unfairness (or lack thereof) first-hand, ends up making the only evidence we can provide anecdotal.

Given that, out of all the women I know, mother, sisters, wives, friends, co-workers, not a single one of them has ever complained of any unfairness in pay or privilege. In fact, the women I know generally have better-paying jobs with more authority than the men I know. My sister is manager of her bank, my neighbor is lead pharmacist at a pharmacy where all the techs are male. There are more female managers at my job than male ones, and while the board remains predominantly male, the first woman was elected to the board a few years ago, and another is the running for another position vacated this year, so even the board room gap is disappearing from what I can see.

It's just not worth worrying about - there are way more problems that are far more serious than whether the board room contains mostly penises or vaginas. Like the vast chasm that exists between what the highest-paid and the lowest-paid employees at virtually every business in America. That number grows exponentially year on year. Now THAT could be a problem.

This comment was edited on Dec 19, 2011, 21:08.
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