Male privilege and White privilege exist as unavoidable fallout from centuries of discrimination and for many, they seem like myths by confusing them with organizations. There are no genies behind furry doors pulling levers because these systems are like ripples on a pond. They do not cause the disturbance but only reflect consequences in the same way throwing rock into the pond creates waves.
A fairly well known riddle demonstrates the autotune nature of erecting nonsensical gender walls:
A man and his son are driving in a car one day, when they get into a fatal accident. The man is killed instantly. The boy is knocked unconscious, but he is still alive. He is rushed to hospital, and will need immediate surgery. The doctor enters the emergency room, looks at the boy, and says:
“I cannot operate on this boy, he is my son!”
Many struggle upon first hearing but they are not active sexists, only participants and students of defining occupations by sex more than ability. Not realizing the doctor is the boy’s mother is an example of the ripples.
An example for racism is the recent case of an airline passenger needing immediate medical care mid flight, 30,000 feet above the ground. An African American woman is the first to respond to offer assistance but the airline employees did not believe she was a doctor. Moments later, a Caucasian male speaks up and says he is a doctor. The airline employees immediately ushered him to the passenger in need. It does not mean the employees moonlight as Bannon’s Bunch nor does it mean they are actively racist. They simply responded to their social training, and hopefully learned something valuable.