Respondent 127

Does patriarchy exist?

Yes

How would you define patriarchy?

A collection of ways in which society tends to favour men and exclude women, whether deliberately or out of social inertia.

How has patriarchy hurt you?

Made it hard to work out how to act both acceptably “normal” but also decently. Especially in [cough] “matters of the heart”.

How have you hurt people in a way influenced by patriachy?

I can be a bit dismissive of women’s intelligence, even though that fits neither my world-view or my intentions.

How would you define masculinity?

Unsure. There’s biological masculinity- a collection of traits which mostly go along with Y-chromosones and penises. And there’s a whole lot of social baggage, all politically charged to say the least but hard to ignore. Machismo, down-to-earthness, violence, football, dominance an’ all that crap.

Does misandry exist?

I don’t know what misandry is!

Logically, it should be just the flipside of “mysogyny”, but it feels more like a buzzword for bigots.

Have you experienced gender and/or sex related prejudice?

Only in a way that has advantaged me

A rather vague sense I get from comparing notes with women.

What best describes you?

A feminist