Respondent 256

Does patriarchy exist?


How would you define patriarchy?

A political/cultural system that serves to entrench the privilege of a section of the male population in a way that is visibly and invisibly harmful to everyone not at the top of it.

How has patriarchy hurt you?

Whenever I’ve strayed from a fairly narrow-definition of masculinity, most notably in being obese, and the gender-policing that has resulted from that.

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

I’ve spent a long time having to deprogram really harmful ideas of what a man and a woman’s place in a relationship is out of my head.

How would you define masculinity?

I’m not sure I would want to.

Does misandry exist?


Not in a meaningful sense. Individuals might be prejudiced against men but in the grand scheme of things the cards are stacked in such a way it doesn’t mean a great deal.

Have you experienced gender and/or sex related prejudice?


What best describes you?

A feminist