About the show: Dave Pickering takes us on a personal journey through gender as he tries to explain masculinity both to you and to himself. Part true storytelling, part TED talk and part apology, the show looks at how the patriarchy hurts men too; how the patriarchy has hurt him, and how he has hurt people because of patriarchy. Drawing on an anonymous survey of 1000 men, feminist theory, internet memes and his life experience, Dave will explain the conclusions he Read More ...
Does patriarchy exist?
How would you define patriarchy?
The patriarchy is the way our society has been set up, both explicitly and subtly, to favor men over women.
How has patriarchy hurt you?
Growing up, I had a lot of trouble fitting into masculine gender roles. I felt like there was something wrong with me because of this.
How have you hurt people in a way influenced by patriachy?
Our culture makes it really easy to dismiss women’s experiences of harassment and abuse. I’ve only recently been really listening to women about what they’ve experienced.
How would you define masculinity?
Masculinity is so defined in our culture by not being other things–not being a woman, not being gay, not being a child–I have difficulty coming up with an actual definition for it. I suppose its a collection of behaviors that we associate with superheroes: muscles, direct action, declarative statements. All of which are not limited to men.
Does misandry exist?
Have you experienced gender and/or sex related prejudice?
Only in a way that has advantaged me
What best describes you?