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?
You should have an “elaborate” section for question 1. I’m not sure, it obviously refers to the fact that men have certain privileges over women but the world itself implies that there is a group of individuals dedicated to upholding said privileges, (The Patriarchs?) which doesn’t seem to be the case. While obviously some people would prefer to hold onto their privileges, the majority of people seem to just go with the flow. Not passing any moral judgement on that, but it is the truth.
How has patriarchy hurt you?
Not in any noticeable way. I had to go outside in P.E. lessons and play football in winter when the girls got to stay inside and play netball? Does that count?
How have you hurt people in a way influenced by patriachy?
I can’t think of a way that I have. That doesn’t mean I haven’t in some way, but I’m currently unaware of it.
How would you define masculinity?
Physical Strength/Unemotional(other than anger)/Unintelligent. Maleness is not an inherently masculine trait, masculinity only becomes an issue (toxic masculinity being the in term) when people a forced into it and it defines them, i.e. people doing stupid/hurtful/dangerous things in an effort to impress some other with how masculine they are.
Does misandry exist?
In the sense that you can hate men, it’s not a societal issue on the scale of mysogyny.
Have you experienced gender and/or sex related prejudice?
What best describes you?
Torn between ally and egalataruan/equalist. Some feminists say men can’t be feminists or even allies, but I agree with the principles of feminism and would have not issues calling myself a feminist.