Respondent 561

Does patriarchy exist?

Yes

How would you define patriarchy?

The patriarchy exists as like an overarching ‘traditional man stuff is good’ consensus between everyone in any position of power. Men should be men, and be in charge, and women should be women, and not. It’s pretty wank

How has patriarchy hurt you?

Only in so much as eschewing traditional male roles, it by being big and strong and not enjoying ‘girly’ things is strongly criticised. Certainly there’s always been somewhat of an onus on me to be less like me, I’ve been mocked for being very skinny and for enjoying certain things

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

Definitely when I was younger I bought into that view of masculinity somewhat, I’ve definitely used femininity as an insult before now, and that is a sucks thing to do and I’m sorry for it now

How would you define masculinity?

Traditional masculinity is being big and strong, and not being allowed to have any emotions. It’s ridiculing anything that falls into the boundaries of ‘something a WOMAN might like, God forbid’. Masculinity is toxic.

Does misandry exist?

Yes

only in really isolated pockets, some people genuinely do hate and despise men to an unreasonable degree, but in almost all cases misandry is a joke

Have you experienced gender and/or sex related prejudice?

Yes

I can’t think of any examples but I almost certainly have in the course of my life

What best describes you?

An ally to feminism