Trolling? You specifically invited me into this thread. I retract what I said about women being the only oppressed group to have a longer life expectancy. Asian-Americans also have longer life expectancies than white Americans. However, it is typical to see, as a public health outcome, oppressed groups with lower life expectancies (quick example - indigenous Australians and Americans, and black Americans). Women live longer than men, on average. That gap has increased from one year around a hundred years ago to five years now. It's evidence that the traditional narrative of sexism is false. If by sexism you mean "men have historically and continue to oppress the class 'women' for the express benefit of the class 'men'", then no, sexism does not exists. Societies have developed gender roles to which each of the biological sexes is constrained. Male gender roles have tended toward those generating more income, occupying more political power, but also more dangerous and life-threatening. This means that yes, women are marginalized in places like the military and politics. They also do not occupy most of the high wage jobs. Are men using women to put men ahead? No, men perform their gender roles for the benefit of society, as women do. Societies which developed certain cultural memes were more likely to survive. Western culture survived by putting men is places of power and danger, and women in places of powerlessness and safety. To assert the narrative of male-benefiting institutionalize sexism is to say that men have used marginalization of women to make their own lives better for them. This is not true. It also depends on what is "better". If we truly eliminate all gender differences, is it better for workplace deaths to be 50% female than 5% female? Is it better for women to live 2.5 years shorter? Is it better for women to make more money? These depend upon individual value systems. There are a good many biological males who want to be women - three times as many biological females who have decided that they are men. Sexism, institutionalized discrimination of females by those with power, men, does not exist. Racism, the institutionalized discrimination of blacks by those with power, whites, does exist. The idea that "women" are oppressed like blacks or Australian aborigines or other oppressed classes is ridiculous. Gender roles and sex-based discrimination exist. Systematic oppression of women does not exist. Now for trolling - if the subjective experience of oppression can only be understood by the oppressed, and they are the only ones who can talk about their issues and create their spaces, I declare all of society a female space and this thread a male space. I am oppressed, and women denying my oppression is privilege-blindness. Since only a white male can say whether or not white males are oppressed, I declare us oppressed. Does that sound stupid? Yeah, it's because it is.