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 social system that values men/masculinity over women/femininity by praising the former and devaluing the latter.
How has patriarchy hurt you?
Primarily through the expectations of masculinity.
How have you hurt people in a way influenced by patriachy?
For a long while, I felt entitled to women’s time. I also looked down on women who enjoyed sex with multiple partners.
How would you define masculinity?
Gendered social performance based around aggression, violence, and anger.
Does misandry exist?
Misandry as a system cannot exist because it requires power to exert.
Have you experienced gender and/or sex related prejudice?
Only in a way that has advantaged me
What best describes you?
An ally to feminism
I use ‘ally’ cautiously, as allies have to be chosen. I am more comfortable saying ‘supporter’ of feminism.