Respondent 601

Does patriarchy exist?


How would you define patriarchy?

The structures and norms of society being defined by powerful men over a long period of time, resulting in a male-dominated society and a lot of unconscious male-skews (language, work etc.).

How has patriarchy hurt you?

It mostly hasn’t. The only things I can think of are things that I do that I might not talk about in certain circles for fear of being seen as ‘un-masculine’.

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

Unconsciously giving men more of a say in work environments. Assuming that a man is the right person to work on a certain project because that project is related to a ‘masculine’ theme.

How would you define masculinity?

Badly. A lot of the words that I thought about choosing could just as easily apply to women. I was going to say ‘self-assuredness’ and ‘confidence’ and things like that. I think that’s just because those are traits that I’d like to see more of in myself and I think of myself as masculine. Dunno!

Does misandry exist?


Have you experienced gender and/or sex related prejudice?

Only in a way that has advantaged me

What best describes you?

A feminist