Respondent 587

Does patriarchy exist?


How would you define patriarchy?

An inherent aspect of our society which means that men, whether they are aware of it or not, receive a wide range of benefits that women do not – as long as they conform to an accepted construction of masculinity.

How has patriarchy hurt you?

I am an introverted, unambitious person, and I often find that my opinions are valued less than those who speak loudly and force their (not necessarily correct) views to be heard.

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

I have been treated in a different, more positive way to my female colleagues in previous jobs in mostly male environments. I did not challenge this when I should have done.

How would you define masculinity?

I wouldn’t. Everyone is different, and there shouldn’t be a standard by which we are judged to be “masculine” or “feminine”. That said, if I was pushed to define society’s standard of “masculinity”, I would say that it praises the ambitious, aggressive, boozing, sporting stereotype.

Does misandry exist?


Under its strict definition of “hatred of males”, then yes, of course. Some people do hate men, in the same way that some people hate women. It is not, however, an inherent part of feminism in the way that some men seem to believe.

Have you experienced gender and/or sex related prejudice?


Yes, both positively and negatively – but the advantages have far outweighed any negatives I can recall.

What best describes you?

A feminist