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?
Systemic structure that provides priveledge, power, and access to the male gender based on historical gender dynamics within society. [Race and religion also can play into this, but as this survey seems to focus on gender, I will leave my definition as is]
How has patriarchy hurt you?
As a white cisgendered male, patriarchy has had little negative impact on me, beyond the standard of living up to what it means to be a “man.”
How have you hurt people in a way influenced by patriachy?
i have been given opportunities and been forgiven for errors specifically based on my gender. By taking these opportunities, which is in my best interest to do so, I am prohibiting others who lack such priveledge. I’m given a free pass a lot of times in my life where others would not be given such lenience. I can essentially work less hard than others, and achieve more thanks to patriarchy.
How would you define masculinity?
As the male identity. This can mean a lot of different things to a lot of different people. To me, true masculinity is the balance of strength and sensitivity.
Does misandry exist?
But only in extremely small percentages on the margins. A lot of people say it can’t exist because it is not systemic, but I do not agree that a systemic power structure is required for misandry OR misogyny to exist and impact others.
Have you experienced gender and/or sex related prejudice?
What best describes you?