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 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?
Misandry exists both as part of – and as a reaction to – patriarchy.
Have you experienced gender and/or sex related prejudice?
Primarily in ways which have advantaged me.
What best describes you?
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!