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?
Patriarchy is the control of ‘the system’ through the male dominated society of(hopefully) the past, although things are beginning to change the majority of higher class society and business is till dominated by men.
How has patriarchy hurt you?
Largely it hasn’t, other than being judged for my incredible lack of ambition.
How have you hurt people in a way influenced by patriachy?
I am one of the few men who has been raised for a woman, and spent most of his adult life in the employ of women, so it’s very rare that I have used my gender to influence or effect people, I hope.
How would you define masculinity?
I do endeavour to be a ‘masculine’ man, not in an aggressive way, I just like masculine things, I’m quite socially outspoken, renouned for being strong willed and am a very ‘physical’ person, so I suppose these would be the traits I affiliate with masculinity, but then again I think now that masculinity is moving beyond gender limitations, and is possibly a bad word for it, maculinity is becoming something transient and the idea that weights/dominance/outdoors activities are ‘manly’ is just outdated.
Does misandry exist?
Hate breeds hate, and for every action there is an equal reaction, the bias and unfairness of the years has caused a certain level of return hate, especially bred on the internet, that is no longer about equality, it’s about some kind of vengeance, which is unreasonable, and it’s from misandry that rediculous things that the Men’s rights movements have begun, breeding another level of misogyny is response.
Have you experienced gender and/or sex related prejudice?
What best describes you?
This is an interesting one (Though I did laugh at the inclusion of the dreaded ‘nice guy’) I work on a very simple basis, everyone, race, creed, religion, gender, other than some small scale physiological internal chemistry is basically the same and deserves to be treated with respect and have as fair a shot as anyone else at any opportunity, I just wish people would stop being cunts to each other.