John Scalzi wrote a piece that’s been getting a lot of hype this week called Straight White Male: The Lowest Difficulty Setting There Is. It’s basically an attempt to explain privilege to people who play video games all day. Predictably, there were a lot of Missed The Point Entirely Trophies that had to be given out. Scalzi rounds them up in to categories and posts responds en masse in another blog post here.
6. Your piece is racist and sexist.
This particular comment was lobbed at me primarily from aggrieved straight white males. Leaving aside entirely that the piece was neither, let me just say that I think it’s delightfulthat these straight white males are now engaged on issues of racism and sexism. It would be additionally delightful if they were engaged on issues of racism and sexism even when they did not feel it was being applied to them — say, for example,when it’s regarding people who historically have most often had to deal with racism and sexism (i.e., not white males). Keep at it, straight white males! You’re on the path now!
I also enjoyed this one
5. What about affirmative action (and/or other similar programs)? It just proves SWMs don’t have it easy anymore!
Asserting that programs designed to counteract decades of systematic discrimination are proof that Straight White Males are not operating on the lowest difficulty setting in the game of life is not the winning argument you apparently believe it is.
Both the original piece and the followup are great, quick reads. The comments on both are always entertaining and occasionally insightful. I think it’s a bit easier to explain privilege as just the person who doesn’t get discriminated against in that particular scenario.