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?
A system in which males hold primary power/are in control. ^^^^If we’re talking about ‘The Patriarchy’ as feminists talk about it, no, I don’t believe that exists. But patriarchy itself, sure, there have been patriarchal societies just like there have been matriarchal societies.
How has patriarchy hurt you?
This is a ridiculously loaded question, it should be ‘Has patriarchy hurt you?’ Without the presupposition. To answer the question, patriarchy hasn’t hurt me at all because the UK is not a patriarchal society; I haven’t lived under or experienced patriarchy.
How have you hurt people in a way influenced by patriachy?
I haven’t hurt anybody in such a way, I haven’t been ‘exposed’ to patriarchy nor would I even know how to go about doing this.
How would you define masculinity?
I would describe masculinity as traits/attributes/behaviours most often associated with men/boys.
Does misandry exist?
This shouldn’t even be a question. Of course misandry exists – many radical feminists have openly spoken about their ‘proud misandry’. This is analogous to saying you can’t be sexist against males/racist against whites and that LGBT folks can’t be disparaging towards straight people (I’m gay, I’ve witnessed this firsthand.)
Have you experienced gender and/or sex related prejudice?
My teachers (I’m 17) have always had a lot more time for my fellow students who are female. This has been tacitly recognized between basically all of the other people of both genders in my classes.
What best describes you?
None of the above
Egalitarian but also anti-feminist/SJW/Tumblrite.