The United States Navy’s Bureau of Medicine and Surgery has issued a warning about “male privilege” and is teaching ways to combat it.
The agency has issued two charts, the “Power and Control Wheel” and the “Equality Wheel,” in a new document posted on the Navy’s website.
The wheel lists “common phrases victims use when describing their abuse,” which includes “male privilege,” the Social Memo reports.
The “male privilege” portion of the Power and Control Wheel includes these examples:
- Treating her list a servant”
- “Making all the big decisions”
- “Acting like the ‘master of the castle'”
- Being the one to define men’s and women’s roles”
The narrative document lists these stereotypical examples of “male privilege:”
- “He refuses to pick up milk on his way home because it’s ‘women’s work.’”
- “When he came home yesterday, he was driving a brand new truck. I told him we needed something the whole family could fit in, but he didn’t listen to me.”
- “He doesn’t mind his friends being at the house at all hours of the night, but he says my Sunday brunch friends talk too much and are no longer welcome.”
As Social Memo points out, the Navy’s document appears to only address physical and sexual violence perpetrated by men.
A 2012 study by Bert H. Hoff, J.D. found “More men than women were victims of intimate partner physical violence within the past year, according to a national study funded by the Centers for Disease Control and U.S. Department of Justice.”
Hoff’s research found that in the 12 months prior to the study’s release, “an estimated 5,365,000 men and 4,741,000 women were victims of intimate partner physical violence.” That’s 53% and 47% respectively.