Respondent 80

Does patriarchy exist?

Yes

How would you define patriarchy?

The institutionalised discrimination of emotion in favour of ‘logic’ and ‘masculinity’ – the genderisation of human experience in a way that denigrates most human beings and, actually, dehumanises all. It is in the ‘othering’ of all those less well off (or more) than yourself, the ‘rugged individualism’ of the USA and the ideals of the Protestant work ethic in an era that is post-job. In short, it is the bullish ignorance of reality and reshaping of how people engage with reality to the benefit of those already at the top of the corporate and economic food-chain. Mainly sociopathic males.

How has patriarchy hurt you?

It has not, not directly, but it has made it harder for me to be fully human. And harder for me to recognise the privilege I have, making it easier to judge others. It has increased the difficulty I face in teaching to help young people embrace the need to question, to reason and to come up with their own approaches.

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

Probably in myriad ways that I am unaware of. But also in my method of gaining discipline in, and out, of the classroom. My marriage and my parenting.

How would you define masculinity?

Warily.

Does misandry exist?

Yes

Have you experienced gender and/or sex related prejudice?

Only in a way that has advantaged me

What best describes you?

A feminist