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?
Ultimately authority and control resides in male members of society.
How has patriarchy hurt you?
I’ve been turned down for a job where the (male) managers in control of a company clearly wanted to employ a less qualified but highly attractive woman.
How have you hurt people in a way influenced by patriachy?
By relying upon society’s unspoken but clearly felt principle that men are always in charge to wield authority over women in my family.
How would you define masculinity?
The condition of being a man. Ideally it need not have any other values than that.
Does misandry exist?
Due to the patriachal nature of society, misandry is effectively powerless.
Have you experienced gender and/or sex related prejudice?
During university I often worked as a temporary secretary in the holidays and received quite a bit of abuse and ridicule as a man doing that job.
What best describes you?
An ally to feminism