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 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?