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?
A system of society, unconscious or otherwise, wherein men are encouraged to live up to stereotypes of what is considered manly, and to treat women as if they always fit to stereotypes. Demeaning to all genders, but especially oppressive to women.
How has patriarchy hurt you?
By giving me a false standard I thought I had to live to as a child/teenager and teaching me anything other than that was being inferior.
How have you hurt people in a way influenced by patriachy?
I try to avoid hurting people in general, no specific incidents come to mind but I was likely touting the same lines when younger as everyone else, and I know these days I’ll already have preconceptions of what a person is like based on appearance.
How would you define masculinity?
A flexible social construct based on traditional survival traits. Things that were important to early human males to be able to survive better eventually got absorbed into society. The specifics float about depending on what culture you’re in.
Does misandry exist?
Have you experienced gender and/or sex related prejudice?
What best describes you?
Two notes: One I’m egalitarian even though I had to look it up to check definition. Two: Oh gods the internet has ruined the phrase “nice guy”