Why is being male seen as a privilege?
Due to the patriarchal society we live in, cisgender men are awarded benefits and rights solely on the basis of their gender. With men dominating positions of power, women have often been overlooked and oppressed by society. As a result, women have been perceived consciously, and subconsciously, as the inferior gender and less competent than their male counterparts.
This stems from the assumption that being a man, and masculine, is more valuable in society particularly in positions of power and control. Whereas, women and more feminine traits are seen as the opposite, more suited to the private sphere of the home. However, these traits are reinforced through public opinion, mass-media institutions, which are shaped by our patriarchal social systems. Often people will argue there these are distinct differences in identity are based on biology, when in fact, both women and men face pressure to confirm to behaviours associated with the binary gender roles assigned to their sex.