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?
Either as the privileges that come from being perceived as a man or as the discrimination that comes from being perceived as not a man. This includes direct actions, subconscious thoughts, historically preserved inequalities and societal and cultural structures.
How has patriarchy hurt you?
It hasn’t, I’m a man.
How have you hurt people in a way influenced by patriachy?
Indirectly I have supported patriarchy by not giving up my privileges in certain situations or by not speaking up enough.
How would you define masculinity?
Being biologically male. I’m not very interested in the social construction of masculinity so I don’t really have an opinion on/definition of that.
Does misandry exist?
I’m aware of the argument that the masters can’t be victims of oppression, however, in my opinion there is room for local and temporary cases of oppression against men underneath the general patriarchy, e.g. a man working for a non-man could hypothetically be discriminated against for being a man.
Have you experienced gender and/or sex related prejudice?
Only in a way that has advantaged me
What best describes you?