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?
Power controlled by men for men
How has patriarchy hurt you?
Men are not by default the best candidates for the position, but our system is slanted towards favouring them.
How have you hurt people in a way influenced by patriachy?
Not consciously, I hope. But without realising it I am sure that I have benefitted from patriarchy as it is the paradigm in which I have developed. I am aware of it but also part of it.
How would you define masculinity?
Each man should have his own definition for it is a highly personal set of parameters. For some it is having big muscles, for others it is not wielding strength when wielding strength is a sure means to get your way. To me, masculinity is being comfortable with yourself while respecting others.
Does misandry exist?
Men can be utter idiots towards women and as a result there are some extremely angry female feminists out there who do not like us. At times I can’t say I blame them.
Have you experienced gender and/or sex related prejudice?
What best describes you?