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 socio-cultural structure that benefits the rights of men over women, and in maintaining said position.
How has patriarchy hurt you?
Directly? Where I live mandatory combatant military service for men exists. This in part gives men more power, but also robs freedom of choice from people. Indirectly? An extreme push to competition that makes it hard to back down, or show weakness. I say indirectly, because other social apparatuses could also lead to this, and it doesn’t directly “benefit” Patriarchy, but is one of the things that arise as emergent properties.
How have you hurt people in a way influenced by patriachy?
If the indirect definition above, then if we can blame some of my unkind behaviour, or in ways that reject sympathy, then that would fall here.
How would you define masculinity?
Anything people take to define “manhood”. You’re asking for my personal definition? There isn’t one.
Does misandry exist?
(Often by 20 year olds self-identified “radical feminists”, same age people start seeing “Everything is marxist[insert ideology]”. It exists just as misanthropy exists, or dog hatred exists.
Have you experienced gender and/or sex related prejudice?
What best describes you?