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?
Institutionalized practices, ideas, and beliefs that disempower women and non-binary individuals.
How has patriarchy hurt you?
I participated in non-traditionally ‘masculine’ sports, so my masculinity and sexuality were constantly in question. To this day, there are people in my life who I know will never believe me when I say I’m straight, purely because I was a figure skater.
How have you hurt people in a way influenced by patriachy?
Through silence or inaction, most likely.
How would you define masculinity?
The need to prove oneself to others.
Does misandry exist?
Have you experienced gender and/or sex related prejudice?
Against me? Worked in childcare where they had gender restrictions – male staff couldn’t work with children under age 6. Against others that I’ve seen? Much more significantly.
What best describes you?