Respondent 805

Does patriarchy exist?

Yes

How would you define patriarchy?

The subjugation of women – and other groups – through a perceived “normal” heirarchy in which men should be the dominant force.

How has patriarchy hurt you?

Only in so much as I’m embarrassed by it.

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

I think, even with the best intentions, it’s sometimes easy to forget that we’re only taught to behave in certain ways, that some roles aren’t the norm, and that perhaps what’s a joke to you can have painful repercussions for those you might, inadvertantly, target.

How would you define masculinity?

Modern masculinity is meaningless, the idea of masculinty stems from the reductive notion of hunter/gatherer, the cliches of being the one that goes out, fights the beast, etc. Which I think, even historically, is a misnomer. Masculinity is a delusion used to excuse brutish behavior.

Does misandry exist?

Yes

Though I think it’s a response borne of years of being stamped upon, and I think you’re more likely to find misogynistic women than you are misandrists.

Have you experienced gender and/or sex related prejudice?

Yes

Though I’d say it’s sort of at the expense of not fitting into “masculine” ideas, like not being good at/or interested in sport, that sort of thing. Though, it’s all pretty minor stuff compared to what others have been through, so I feel a bit silly ticking the yes box there.

What best describes you?

A feminist