About the show: Dave Pickering takes us on a personal journey through gender as he tries to explain masculinity both to you and to himself. Part true storytelling, part TED talk and part apology, the show looks at how the patriarchy hurts men too; how the patriarchy has hurt him, and how he has hurt people because of patriarchy. Drawing on an anonymous survey of 1000 men, feminist theory, internet memes and his life experience, Dave will explain the conclusions he Read More ...
Does patriarchy exist?
How would you define patriarchy?
The primacy of male experiences over those of other genders.
How has patriarchy hurt you?
As an asexual cis man, I have been presumed to be interested in seeking women, and seen as lesser for not succeeding or even trying.
How have you hurt people in a way influenced by patriachy?
I don’t doubt that I have, probably in ways more subtle and numerous than I can imagine. My inadvertent gaze at women, particularly thin women at times where my disordered eating has manifested as thin ideation, could undoubtedly have been seen as predatory at times. I may also have been hired over a superior candidate of another gender, which whilst not directly my fault would hurt someone and be an unfair consequence of patriarchy.
How would you define masculinity?
Patterns of appearance, behaviour, etc. associated with being male.
Does misandry exist?
Have you experienced gender and/or sex related prejudice?
Primarily in the context of deviation from masculinity tropes.
What best describes you?