Respondent 83

Does patriarchy exist?


How would you define patriarchy?

The sometimes deliberate, sometimes unthinking privileging of men* and maleness in society. (*I’m aware that not all men have penises and that not all men benefit at all times from the patriarchy)

How has patriarchy hurt you?

By making me feel, particularly while I was growing up, that there was something wrong with me because I didn’t conform to gender stereotype.

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

I have not challenged my access to male privilege when it has been available. Which is to say, I have thrown people under the bus.

How would you define masculinity?

A set of traits traditionally associated with the male gender including roughness, confidence, power, aggression, decisiveness, tallness etc. It is a construct perpetuated by the fact that anybody (of any gender) who exhibits some or all of those traits is described as being ‘masculine’.

Does misandry exist?


Have you experienced gender and/or sex related prejudice?


What best describes you?

A feminist