Male privilege is what occurred this morning, when my step dad revealed he was planning on voting for Mitt Romney and I said “but he’s going to try and get rid of planned parenthood!” and his reply: “honey, that’s small stuff”. Male privilege is being able to refer to the things affecting women as “small stuff”.
I’d love to be able to rebut this, but I’ve been seeing a lot of that too. As the Akin fallout has spread, I’ve seen folks all over the news and the internet calling it a ‘distraction’ from ‘real issues’. (Folks who think we should talk about nothing but the economy and health care.)
My own congressman even reiterated his support for Todd Akin yesterday.
With that said, national polls have shown Akin’s support dropping like a rock, so it seems fair to say that it’s the actions of a group of extremists who’ve been backed into a corner and don’t have a way to shift the narrative.