Respondent 437

Does patriarchy exist?

Yes

How would you define patriarchy?

A society that is built up around the idea that men are superior and should be leaders, whether it’s conscious or not.

How has patriarchy hurt you?

Expectations of maleness, especially in an all-boys school, hampering my ability to communicate with other men about my problems seriously. Also didn’t help when I tried to explore non-traditionally male activities.

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

Growing up in a fairly liberal household and area, I was not able to fully appreciate my privilege and the experiences of other women. I’ve downplayed the experiences of other women in favour of my own.

How would you define masculinity?

A weirdly rigid set of rules defining what you can or cannot do to be manly, centred around activities that require little to no empathy and a lifestyle of little emotion.

Does misandry exist?

Maybe

There probably are women that just hate men for being men, but I don’t think it’s a problem or a phrase to just throw around

Have you experienced gender and/or sex related prejudice?

No

I genuinely can’t think of anything off the top of my head

What best describes you?

A feminist

I know some women don’t think men can be true feminists, so to respect their wishes I would refer to myself as an ally to them