John Scalzi, whose great opinions we've posted in the past, has written this remarkable article to help white males understand their fortune without using the dreaded word privilege. Instead, he compares life to something like World of Warcraft except that your difficulty setting is based entirely on your gender and skin colour. Don't roll your eyes, it's actually everything but condescending.
Okay: In the role playing game known as The Real World, "Straight White Male" is the lowest difficulty setting there is.
This means that the default behaviors for almost all the non-player characters in the game are easier on you than they would be otherwise. The default barriers for completions of quests are lower. Your leveling-up thresholds come more quickly. You automatically gain entry to some parts of the map that others have to work for. The game is easier to play, automatically, and when you need help, by default itís easier to get.
I blatantly stole the above image from Scalzi's own post.