I really enjoyed this article on judging people’s alcoholic drink preferences. It points out some pointless gendered bullshit, which is great, but it also provides a nice little representative sample of one area of privilege.
On the one hand, the “embarrassing” drinks are also coded as “feminine”. Masculine drinks are favored, an example of the way in which many shameful things are seen as the thing girls do. This is the kind of thing many feminists mean when they say that the masculine tends to be valued over the feminine.
On the other hand, the linked Salon article indicates that these preferences are likely to be as much about socialization as biology (and shame on Matt Yglesias for linking it as if it supported a total biological basis for drink preference). As for why socialization would produce such a split, you need look no further than the fact that a man will be shamed for ordering a “girly” drink. Whether or not a woman will get shit for ordering the wrong drink is highly dependent on who she’s hanging out with — some groups will shame for the girly order, others for the manly one. Here, the stereotype hurts the gender-nonconforming man and the woman whose gender performance doesn’t meet with her group’s standards.
Privilege? Who the hell knows. I’m gonna go pour myself a nice scotch.