Respondent 156

Does patriarchy exist?

Yes

How would you define patriarchy?

A system of gender-related societal norms and definitions, ingrained in our culture, which has traditionally elevated certain characteristics as preferred, and has systematically oppressed women and others who don’t conform to these norms.

How has patriarchy hurt you?

It hurts everybody.

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

God… probably more ways than I know or dare to think of. Diminished expectations, objectification, silence in the presence of patriarchal harm…

How would you define masculinity?

I try not to.

Does misandry exist?

Yes

Misandry exists both as part of – and as a reaction to – patriarchy.

Have you experienced gender and/or sex related prejudice?

Yes

Primarily in ways which have advantaged me.

What best describes you?

A feminist

I know some (feminists) say that men cannot be feminists. But I respectfully disagree, and believe that there is sufficient political power in using that word as a man, that it is worth some technical inaccuracies. My views are subject to change on this!