Respondent 68

Does patriarchy exist?

Yes

How would you define patriarchy?

A predetermined system where men hold the positions of power and influence and a woman’s potential to progress is limited.

How has patriarchy hurt you?

I guess that the patriarchy could be said to have stirred up feelings of inadequacy by my not fitting the popular mold of “masculinity” and having had my sexuality questioned. Quite a lot of the time I’m nervous/anxious about presenting myself as I am, to people, for fear of being rejected out of being different.

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

Feelings of inadequacy in a previous relationship or two have hurt the other person via my lack of self-confidence, which ultimately lead to the relationships breaking down.

How would you define masculinity?

I don’t consider any urge that any male on the planet has to be anything other than masculine.

Does misandry exist?

Yes

Have you experienced gender and/or sex related prejudice?

Yes

What best describes you?

An ally to feminism