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?
It’s not much like google’s definition. In our society “power”, as in decision making that effects everyone quite a lot, is highly concentrated. This is a bad thing. It is also, as a whole, concentrated in male hands. This too is a bad thing. I suspect fixing the former would also fix the latter. It is also concentrated in white, educated, politiacally right, elderly, hands who inherit it. These are also bad things that would be addressed by fixing the concentration of power in the hands of a few.
How has patriarchy hurt you?
It doesn’t, much. But it does hurt my society, stunt us all, and will hold back my children.
How have you hurt people in a way influenced by patriachy?
I am not self aware enough to know.
How would you define masculinity?
Perhaps as the positive elements deemed male.
Does misandry exist?
You are asking an existential question. It exists, as in, there is an instance of it. This does make it very relevent.
Have you experienced gender and/or sex related prejudice?
Mostly jokes about women, irritating gender normalisation thought, and my own prejudice.
What best describes you?
None of the above
I’d like people to be able to be who they are and others to support that, or at least, not question it.