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?
Male dominated power in society that tends to ensure that in future centres of power and influence are controlled by men. Not necessarily deliberately but quite often it is.
How has patriarchy hurt you?
Being surrounded by men bores the shit out of me. Also even nominally liberal men behave like total shitheads when they think no women are around.
How have you hurt people in a way influenced by patriachy?
Basically cruised through life not trying too hard and still surviving, even doing well in parts. That alone means I’ve gotten breaks that meant some woman or women who deserved it more failed to get it.
How would you define masculinity?
A power / dominance social pattern. Similar to alpha role in dog packs. Drives aggression and hunting urges. Competes just to be able to ‘win’ regardless of the race or prize. deginitely has positives in very primitive societies but positively dangerous in 21st C.
Does misandry exist?
I don’t know what misandry is!
Yes it exists techinically but since female dominated power systems and societies are rare the effects of misandry are non existent in any meaningful way. Compared to misogyny it is a non existent problem in the real world. Misogyny economically harms, injures and kills women in their millions. Misandry possibly impacts a few hundred men in their careers in odd industries per annum
Have you experienced gender and/or sex related prejudice?
What best describes you?