Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Based on Forbes' most powerful people, straight white males are not the definition of privilege now

From The World's Most Powerful People List - Forbes:

RankName/TitleOrganizationAge
1

Vladimir Putin

President

Russia61
2

Barack Obama

President

United States52
3

Xi Jinping

General Secretary, Communist Party

China60
4

Pope Francis

Pope

Roman Catholic Church77
5

Angela Merkel

Chancellor

Germany59

If you focus on political power, Putin's the only white male among the world's four most powerful leaders. If you include religious power, remember that to have the Pope's power, his sexuality must remain unknown—celibacy has no gender.

ETA: I was writing hastily above. Sure, you can be celibate and have a gender, and the Pope uses a male pronoun, so while I might argue that his job calls for him to be agender, if you think his gender is male, that's fine by me. But it's very odd to call him straight. It makes me wish someone would ask him how he identifies.