White Male Privilege
Sociologist Michael Kimmel interviewed members of men’s rights groups around the USA. They were right-wing White men filled with rage towards minorities and hatred towards women. They grew up with a fantasy that they would head a male breadwinner household. As society changed, and the economy plummeted, the position and power they felt entitled to did not hold up. Kimmell calls this “aggrieved entitlement.” He writes:
“Today’s Angry White Men look backward, nostalgically at the world they have lost. Some organise politically to restore ‘their; country; some descend into madness; others lash out violently at a host of scapegoats. Theirs is a fight to restore, to reclaim more than just what they feel entitled to socially or economically — it’s also to restore their sense of manhood, to reclaim that sense of dominance and power to which they also feel entitled.”
Read about his book here.