Respondent 73

Does patriarchy exist?

Yes

How would you define patriarchy?

The world and history spanning powers of masculinity controlling the freedoms of non-masculine people through subjugation and negativity.

How has patriarchy hurt you?

Patriarchy has kept women from living safe and fulfilling lives, which has hurt me as someone who cherishes the lives of women. As a man, the patriarchal rules of masculinity rarely fit for me which has resulted in lifelong inferiority. As a gay man, my safety is always in question.

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

Under the patriarchy, women’s issues are given little cultural power. Although I am concerned with women, I often don’t have to think about the day to day struggles they all have. I have internalized misogyny that can result in my subconcious ignorance of women, such as sometimes accidentally speaking over or devaluing their experience, even when I consciously work towards helping them.

How would you define masculinity?

Stoic emotion, physical strength, power through oppression.

Does misandry exist?

No

Have you experienced gender and/or sex related prejudice?

Only in a way that has advantaged me

What best describes you?

A feminist