Respondent 786

Does patriarchy exist?


How would you define patriarchy?

A society governed by and for the benefit of men. In practice, this means the systemic privilege conferred for simply being a man and, therefore, the oppression of women.

How has patriarchy hurt you?

I am forced to consider the fact that half the population is oppressed and I am part of the oppressing group. That is uncomfortable and makes me feel guilty. It also means that the opinions of half the population are given less weight and exposure – which means we miss out on diverse opinions.

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

I have taken jobs that I wasn’t really qualified for, had expectations of women that were unfounded and expected preferential treatment, all based on the over-confidence conferred by being a man in a patriarchal society (wow – this is like a confessional!)

How would you define masculinity?

I wouldn’t

Does misandry exist?


It probably exists, but I don’t feel it has any particular bad effects. Any oppressed group will hate their oppressors, different people will express this different ways. It often gets tagged with a “negative” word.

Have you experienced gender and/or sex related prejudice?

Only in a way that has advantaged me

I am pretty sure that I am listened to more in meetings with a range of people than my wife, for no reason. I have consistently been paid more than women with equal qualifications.

What best describes you?

A feminist