Respondent 856

Does patriarchy exist?

Yes

How would you define patriarchy?

Traditional expectations around gender roles, tied in to men “ruling” things in line with traditions of male roles among the ruling classes.

How has patriarchy hurt you?

When I was younger, I always linked my clinical depression to being single, as in, a failure to “get” a girlfriend was a failure at doing the things men should do.

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

I’m struggling to think of occasions, which is probably more down to my memory than anything else. I messed a girl around for a while because I felt like I ought to be, you know, sowing my oats widely, or something.

How would you define masculinity?

I think the only definition for masculinity is still the archaic one which ties in with patriarchy. Being tough, emotionless, all that. I don’t think there is one that reflects a less patriarchal society. Don’t know whether or not that’s a bad thing, either.

Does misandry exist?

Yes

If only from a linguistic/logical standpoint. If there exists misogyny (and there does), then the opposite gender equivalent is more than likely true. Doesn’t mean it’s particularly important though.

Have you experienced gender and/or sex related prejudice?

Only in a way that has advantaged me

What best describes you?

A feminist

(I hovered between “feminist” and “ally”. I’m quite passive so I don’t know if that disqualifies me from what some consider an ‘activist’ position to take)