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?
Q1 is imprecise (Yes/No only). Patriarchy exists in some areas, but implying it exists everywhere is too extreme. I’m using the Wikipedia definition- ” a social system in which: males hold primary power; males predominate in roles of political leadership, moral authority, social privilege and control of property; and, in the domain of the family, fathers or father-figures hold authority over women and children.”.
How has patriarchy hurt you?
(You are begging the question here!). I don’t fit perfectly into the ‘all men must act like this’ stereotype for various reasons. Hence there is an uncanny valley effect. In general, ranking people by how close they come to ‘Male’ throws away talent, and misdirects what little you have left.
How have you hurt people in a way influenced by patriachy?
I’m perfectly capable of hurting people on my own. Blaming a concept for my mistakes distances myself from them.
How would you define masculinity?
Not relevant. I could give you a list of positive traits, but why would I imply that only half the population should stick by them?
Does misandry exist?
Some people hate men. Or women. Or black people, or those who are different. On a related note, some people are idiots.
Have you experienced gender and/or sex related prejudice?
Everyone does. Ditto class. Letting us be ‘divided and conquered’ seems unwise.
What best describes you?
(Judging the categories from the wikipedia definitions.