Respondent 812

Does patriarchy exist?

Yes

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?

No

Have you experienced gender and/or sex related prejudice?

Only in a way that has advantaged me

What best describes you?

A feminist