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Old 05-29-2015, 01:21 PM   #14
DanaC
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A quick word about 'patriarchy':

That staple of feminist theory is often misunderstood and mischaracterised. But - as a way of understanding power structures it has some value. It is important, though, to take on board the negative impact of such power structures on female and male lives. Patriarchy isn't something men impose on women - it is something we, as a society, impose on ourselves, and whilst in some regards that system of power structures benefits men at the expense of women, it doesn't benefit all men - nor are all women disadvantaged.

Patriarchy at its heart disadvantages most of us, and shores up the power of the few.
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