Respondent 418

Does patriarchy exist?


How would you define patriarchy?

I see patriarchy as part of the kyriarchy – a series of intersecting and interlocking power structures and internalised attitudes and privileges that oppress women and minorities.

How has patriarchy hurt you?

First and foremost, I feel prevented from properly expressing my queer identity without fear. Secondarily, I feel my white male privilege prevents me from authentically communicating with other members of oppressed classes on certain topics.

How have you hurt people in a way influenced by patriachy?

I don’t know. That’s why privilege is a problem.

How would you define masculinity?

I feel very disconnected from any kind of ‘macho’ idea of masculinity and I see displays of this kind of behavior as if I was an outsider. I guess other parts of me than my ‘male-ness’ are more important to me. I guess masculinity just isn’t very relevant to me.

Does misandry exist?


Well, I think it’s certainly possible to hate men, but this isn’t widespread or institutionalized like misogyny. I simply don’t think that misandry is an interesting or important phenomenon.

Have you experienced gender and/or sex related prejudice?


As a white cis man who is often perceived to be straight, I sometimes feel uncomfortable in queer spaces. Perhaps this is a personal hang-up though.

What best describes you?

A feminist

Also an egalitarian, except that doesn’t have much to do with feminism, imo.