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?
The systematically reinforced perspective that women are ‘less than’ men.
How has patriarchy hurt you?
By telling me I have to be x, y, and z in order to be “a real man”. And by poisoning the relationship between men and women.
How have you hurt people in a way influenced by patriachy?
Since reaching adulthood? I haven’t.
How would you define masculinity?
There is no definition of “masculinity”.
Does misandry exist?
My ex-girlfriend regularly went on tirades, which included her saying ‘all men are evil’ and that declaring “I hate men”. It was part of the reason we broke up.
Have you experienced gender and/or sex related prejudice?
In my line of work, a caring profession, I am regularly looked at with suspicion as I am seen as more dangerous to clients than my female counterparts. Because I am a man, and men are seen as more predatory. My ex would not support me, or any issues concerning men, because, as I said above, she though men were evil.
What best describes you?
None of the above
I don’t like to label myself anything. I’m a person. End of.