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 society that at the top is controlled and governed by men.
How has patriarchy hurt you?
It implies that by being a man I have to succeed financially, and that my role in life is to earn money and power, and I get looked down upon for just wanting to be a good dad.
How have you hurt people in a way influenced by patriachy?
By taking advantage of the fact that as a male it is easier to get a place in a teaching degree, due to the fact that it is still expected that men will join the profession to fill the management gaps.
How would you define masculinity?
I can’t. I have yet to understand the term myself, other than conforming to the male stereotype of being strong, arrogant and mysogenistic.
Does misandry exist?
When militant feminists become more focussed on female superiority than gender equality.
Have you experienced gender and/or sex related prejudice?
I was once reprimanded at work due to my unwillingness to conform to gender norms, and wanting to dress in a way that was more genderqueer than my birth-sex.
What best describes you?