Respondent 613

Does patriarchy exist?

Yes

How would you define patriarchy?

Societies that are controlled by and serve to grant advantages to men.

How has patriarchy hurt you?

Whenever I’ve been bullied, mugged, harassed in public, etc. it’s almost always by other men. Not entirely sure why that is, but it can’t be a coincidence.

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

A large majority of the music, books, Twitter accounts, films I listen to, read, and watch are made by men. Entertainment industries favour men but it’s my responsibility to do something about that, rather than waiting for more women to become successful. So I’ve contributed (still do, though I’m trying to be better) to patriarchy by ignoring women’s voices and favoring men’s.

How would you define masculinity?

However someone who identifies as a man chooses to express himself. That’s how I would define it if I could, but I think it actually means liking sports and meat and misrepresenting the dimensions of your external genitalia.

Does misandry exist?

Yes

Stigma against mental health treatment for men, the idea that women can act in a way that causes men to lose their agency and commit rape, the expectation that men should act in a certain way to be “manly”. Those are all symptoms of the patriarchy that hurt men and come from a lack of sympathy for men as human beings.

Have you experienced gender and/or sex related prejudice?

Maybe

What best describes you?

A feminist