“ Okay, Men, time for us to own up.” What to, and why? I refuse to confess to crimes I did not commit, and I can’t think why you would want to do so..
“ For me, this is very much like the personal responsibility I hold as a white person for racism. In the case of racism, I hold responsibility in the sense that some my ancestors owned slaves and fought for the South in the Civil War, AND in the sense that as a white person I have contributed, knowingly or not, to institutional racism and to direct racism by my actions, inactions, and interactions.”
Yes, these cases are exactly the same. If you have never knowingly done anything sexist or racist there is nothing to apologise for. You are not responsible for the crimes of your ancestors, only for what you yourself have done in your own lifetime. Specifically there is nothing wrong with being White and Male, and you shouldn’t apologise for these accidents of birth. I find your virtue-signalling demeaning and unjustified, and “knowingly or not” is the worst kind of pseudo-guilt, white privilege, male privilege bullshit that has so many white males in a permanent “mea culpa” for things they have never done.
Treat people as people, lose the male & female, black & white labels and the guilt that goes with them, and get yourself a life.