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?
Men as “heads” of business, family, politics etc. It seems to be the dominant form of social construction.
How has patriarchy hurt you?
Purely emotionally. It angers me when I hear men teasing other men for being “kept” or less of a man for having a wife/partner with a higher powered job than them. Personally, it upsets me that the fact of life is that I am the one that has to pursue a career at the expense of my wife because otherwise we would not have a decent standard of living.
How have you hurt people in a way influenced by patriachy?
I hope not. I believe in equality.
How would you define masculinity?
The physical characteristics of being a man, so purely as a clinical term.
Does misandry exist?
I think it does, mainly because some men have been complete misogynists and have given other men a bad name.
Have you experienced gender and/or sex related prejudice?
Only in a way that has advantaged me
Positive discrimination when I applied to be a student nurse meant that I was accepted on the course in preference to a woman I knew.
What best describes you?