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?
Men being in overall charge of things. Mostly rich, wanky arsehole kind of men. To be clear this is patriarchy in society, it doesn’t exist in my house, she not letting me get away with that shit!
How has patriarchy hurt you?
I cant think that I’ve been hurt by patriarchy in any specific sense, I’m certainly sure I’ve been screwed over by rich, Tory wankers somewhere along the line but I don’t know that can be attributed entirely to patriarchy.
How have you hurt people in a way influenced by patriachy?
I’d like to think that I haven’t, of course there are certain voices on the internet that tell me simply that being a man and breathing is in someway oppressive and hurting people but they can go fuck themselves!!
How would you define masculinity?
I’m really not sure, I’m sure that having a penis has something to do with it. I’m not a football fan and have subsequently often had my masculinity called into question. Apparently if you don’t wanna watch 22 guys chase a ball round a muddy field, then your obviously “gay” which for some reason is seen as being less of a man. I obviously missed school on the day all of this was being explained and so am still at a lose to fully understand why any of those things are bad. DIY and killing spiders seem to win me back some man points though so they must be steeped in masculinity.
Does misandry exist?
http://users.livejournal.com/_allecto_/34718.html just to be clear this is not feminism, this is a crazy person.
Have you experienced gender and/or sex related prejudice?
My wife goes to an all womens running group, men cant go cause apparently we can’t control ourselves and jiggling boobs are too much of a temptation. We’ll just ogglle the shit out of them.
What best describes you?