Respondent 218

Does patriarchy exist?

Yes

How would you define patriarchy?

a system of societal expectations that narrowly define what traits are masculine and feminine, and the value of those traits, favouring masculine traits.

How has patriarchy hurt you?

It forced to repress, ignore and hide aspects of my sexuality and personality, for fear of being judged and ostracised. I’ve repressed emotions because boys don’t cry.

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

I have in the past judged and ridiculed people for having traits deemed feminine and thus inherently worse than masculine traits.

How would you define masculinity?

The toxic ideal of a man who is forceful, aggressive, strong and dominant, from which any deviation is aberrant.

Does misandry exist?

No

Have you experienced gender and/or sex related prejudice?

No

What best describes you?

A feminist