By jdonzelli

Cheryl Duckworth, Ph.D.

FORT LAUDERDALE-DAVIE, Fla. – It’s easy to look at the recent tragic shooting at Isla Vista California as just another isolated incident of violence. But there’s something that separates this incident from the others: the suspect clearly exhibited something that is all too often prevalent in society – “male privilege.”

Male privilege means a man believes he’s entitled to something simply because he’s a man. In this case, it seems the suspect believed women were his birthright.

Having experienced this first-hand, I can tell you it is real. It can be subtle, or it can be brash and violent. I’ve experienced both.

When I was 22 I was a first year English teacher seeking guidance from a colleague. He “playfully” stuffed a tissue down my top. Only months later could I allow myself to call it harassment. A year later I was a Peace Corps Volunteer on a bus ride out to a school in Masembura, Zimbabwe. A local man begins flirting with me. I ignore him. He stood up, shouting, then proposing marriage, then shouting again. He began to explain the specific nature of the beating and raping he would inflict on me if I didn’t respond. …read more

Source: NSU News