Respondent 943

Does patriarchy exist?

Yes

How would you define patriarchy?

The assumption that gender roles are innate, and the social norms, structures and power dynamics based on this assumption. Patriarchy is the male side of this, but it’s something perpetuated by many of both sexes.

How has patriarchy hurt you?

The assumption that I have a certain nature means that it was taken as for-granted, and so I was conditioned along those lines. I also get flack for choosing to mix gender roles, by acting in feminine manners, both in my behaviours and attire.

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

Conditioning against and lack of opportunity in expressing ‘feminine’ emotions causing communication issues, not realising how biased my perception had been, not realising how harmful the male gaze is. (I have hurt myself by hurting others).

How would you define masculinity?

I honestly couldn’t say, other than the other text I’ve entered in this form.

Does misandry exist?

Yes

Cos, fuck, males can be right dicks. See the male gaze, mansplaining, existing social inequalities, etc. We are assumed not to be safe, so some people avoid us, which is hurtful but a statistically valid form of reaction. I don’t know the right phrase for that, i.e., experientially (not existentially).

Have you experienced gender and/or sex related prejudice?

Yes

I have been beaten up and disowned by my family for wearing skirts. I have been excluded from ‘girly’ activities.

What best describes you?

A feminist

Existentialist, humanist, gq/tg.