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?
systemic imbalance which privileges and benefits people perceived to be male, to varying degrees, as it intersects with other forms of oppression, such as ableism, racism, transphobia, xenophobia, fatphobia, and more.
How has patriarchy hurt you?
as someone who spent half their life read as female, I can’t tell you how many ways. It is all pervasive. As someone read as male… That’s an interesting question. I’m not sure I can possibly say it has, what with all the privilege bestowed upon me when read as male. It hurts me that it exists, and that it renders our society unjust and fraught with conflict, but it hasn’t hurt me personally I don’t think, if that’s what you mean.
How have you hurt people in a way influenced by patriachy?
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How would you define masculinity?
I’m more interested in dismantling it.
Does misandry exist?
Sure, if you understand it to be a general dislike or prejudice against men, sure. But I would strongly qualify that with a heavy dose of “if men feel disliked, welcome to the patriarchy. This is what patriarchy causes, and not just for women. Get off your defensive ass and start working o bring down gender inequality instead of pouting that she doesn’t want o walk home with a near-stranger and proclaiming ‘not all men’!”
Have you experienced gender and/or sex related prejudice?
What best describes you?
Trans identified, non binary, queer feminist who is equally happy picking out new curtains as working with power tools. Fuck the patriarchy and it’s tiny little boxes of gender normative standards.