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?
The attitude / system that is centred around power and decision-making responsibilities on the whole resting with men and not women.
How has patriarchy hurt you?
It has not, I have been a beneficiary of it.
How have you hurt people in a way influenced by patriachy?
I have not hurt anyone directly myself but I have probably been a beneficiary at the expense on a woman.
How would you define masculinity?
I don’t think there should be a strict definition. There are well-known masculine stereotypes (extrovert behaviour, physical strength, being emotionally unresponsive) which I don’t subscribe to.
Does misandry exist?
It exists, but probably a minor fraction of how pervasive misogyny is.
Have you experienced gender and/or sex related prejudice?
People assume that my being able to cook any dish is a great achievement while it’s something expected of my (female) partner.
What best describes you?
I’m a man. I’m also a feminist. I see no contradiction in the two.