A University of New Orleans (UNO) student is calling for “basically everyone” to check their privilege, especially if you’re a right-handed white male who is into girls.
Darius Miner, a UNO student government leader, penned a piece for the university’s student newspaper, where he says he is “calling out” the “privileged groups” in the country’s society.
The first group lambasted by Miner are men, perpetuating the mythical gender wage gap which no economist takes seriously because it has been debunked for decades.
As the Hayride previously reported, in a CONSAD Research Corp report, the data clearly states the fact that the supposed “gender pay gap” where women earn 66 cents to every man’s dollar is simply the difference of all women and men working full-time.
That conveniently excludes all of the choices men and women make while working in the workforce. Like the fact that women tend to work more part-time jobs than men. And women tend to leave the workforce more often than men. And men and women choose vastly different occupations, despite efforts by feminists to get more women to work on oil rigs and chemical plants (only because it’s fair!).
The data is so obvious that even TIME Magazine pointed it out.
Even the Bureau of Labor and Statistics points out that there appears to be, on the surface, a wage gap between men and women, but that it only looks that way because wage data does “not control for many factors that can be significant in explaining earnings differences.” Those factors include hours worked. Men work significantly longer hours than women, according to the BLS.
Another economist pointed out that women are far more likely to choose majors in college that significantly pay less than majors that men choose. Of the ten lowest-paying majors in college, only one of them is majority male. Of the ten highest-paying majors in college, one one is majority female.
The second group that should check their privilege? Straight people.
Miner writes “Heterosexual couples or people are socially more acceptable and portrayed as what is “traditional” or what should be seen and displayed in terms of affection and sexuality. Check your privilege! The LGBTQIQ/non-heterosexuals are underrepresented in the media/cinema scene and everyday life.”
Also, cisgender people must check their privilege too because they are lucky enough to be born with the gender that they identify with, while others are not, according to Miner.
“If you identify with the gender assigned to you at birth check your privilege,” writes Miner. “Just because a gender is assigned at birth and you are comfortable with your gender does not mean that everyone feels or conforms the same way.”
Additionally, Miner says white people, US citizens and college students all need to check their privilege because guilt, guilt, guilt!
Among the odd groups Miner says must check their privilege are right-handed people because apparently left-handed people are oppressed in culture now.
“I didn’t realize for a while that nearly everything is structured for convenient use by right handed people, from school supplies to the structure of houses,” Miner writes. “Check your privilege. Don’t try to silence a left-handed person who complains about scissors hurting their hand or how uncomfortable school desks are to sit in, or the struggle of having dirty hands from writing in pencil.”
The piece posted online by UNO’s student newspaper has garnered a slew of comments with many mocking the write-up.
“It honestly scares me that this is the idiocy coming out of our colleges and Universities these days,” said one commenter.
Another commenter wrote “We’re all doomed. A generation of offensively sensitive victimizing victims are headed our way.”