male privilege is “i have a boyfriend” being the only response that might actually stop a guy from coming onto you, because he respects another man more than he respects your actual opinion/lack of interest.
A couple of months ago, me and Boyfriend were in a pub having a quiet drink. It was only about 5pm, and I was in a grump because I’d just come out of a not-too-great exam. A man who was easily old enough to be my father saw fit to come up to me and make a lewd comment that I have no desire to repeat. I took offence and, whilst he muttered ‘sorry’ at me, most of his apologies were directed at Boyfriend. He went to the loo or something and then came back about 5 minutes later, still grovelling to Boyfriend and ignoring me. At this point I snapped. I do not belong to Boyfriend, so why should anyone apologise to him when it’s me they’ve offended? I told the pervert this and he got angry. Weirdly, his anger, like his apologies beforehand, wasn’t directed at me. Rather than admitting he was wrong and backing the fuck off, he got really aggressive and started threatening Boyfriend. In the end, we left because our nice drink together had become a tense mess thanks to this angry misogynist.
This experience taught me a few things about how men view women. We are objects who belong to men (whether it be our fathers, partners or male friends). We are open targets for sexual harassment, unless of course we belong to another man. And finally, we are unable to speak for or defend ourselves. Men must be our voices, our protectors and our spokespeople.
(Source : all-about-male-privilege)