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?
Shitty dudes being shitty until the entire world is poop-flavoured and we all grow up thinking poop-brown is the normal background of the world.
How has patriarchy hurt you?
I wore a dress once, for Halloween. Guys threw a beer bottle out the window at me.
How have you hurt people in a way influenced by patriachy?
In innumerable unconscious ways. I always make sure to pay my female cleaner 17% less, too.
How would you define masculinity?
The acceptable face machismo. A socially enforced fear of homophobia. When was the last time you saw male best friends holding hands? That used to be normal. Now even admitting having a “best friend” means admitting having feelings, a capital offence.
Does misandry exist?
Any perceived misandry is the reverberation of misogyny. Men are mocked when they dress as women not to keep them in their place, but because to dress as a woman is to be weak and ridiculous, since that’s what women are.
Have you experienced gender and/or sex related prejudice?
I’m a pretty camp, if charming guy. Think Terry Thomas: Not gay, but happily effete. Not being overly masculine, I’m aware that I can never be as close with my male friends as females can with theirs, so rigid is the homophobia of being a modern man.
What best describes you?