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Patriarchy is the single most life-threatening social disease assaulting the male body and spirit in our nation. Most men never think about patriarchy—what it means, how it is created and sustained.
Many men in our nation would not be able to spell the word or pronounce it correctly. I have been standing at podiums talking about patriarchy for more than thirty years.
It is a word I use daily, and men who hear me use it often ask me what I mean by it. Nothing discounts the old antifeminist projection of men as all-powerful more than their basic ignorance of a major facet of the political system that shapes and informs male identity and sense of self from birth until death.
Of these systems the one that we all learn the most about growing up is the system of patriarchy, even if we never know the word, because patriarchal gender roles are assigned to us as children and we are given continual guidance about the ways we can best fulfill these roles. Patriarchy is a political-social system that insists that males are inherently dominating, superior to everything and everyone deemed weak, especially females, and endowed with the right to dominate and rule over the weak and to maintain that dominance through various forms of psychological terrorism and violence.
When my older brother and I were born with a year separating us in age, patriarchy determined how we would each be regarded by our parents. Both our parents believed in patriarchy; they had been taught patriarchal thinking through religion.
At church they had learned that God created man to rule the world and everything in it and that it was the work of women to help men perform these tasks, to obey, and to always assume a subordinate role in relation to a powerful man.
They were taught that God was male. These teachings were reinforced in every institution they encountered— schools, courthouses, clubs, sports arenas, as well as churches.
As their daughter I was taught that it was my role to serve, to be weak, to be free from the burden of thinking, to caretake and nurture others. My brother was taught that it was his role to be served; to provide; to be strong; to think, strategize, and plan; and to refuse to caretake or nurture others.
He was taught that for a boy, enjoying violence was a good thing albeit in appropriate settings. He was taught that a boy should not express feelings. I was taught that girls could and should express feelings, or at least some of them.
When I responded with rage at being denied a toy, I was taught as a girl in a patriarchal household that rage was not an appropriate feminine feeling, that it should be not only not be expressed but be eradicated. When my brother responded with rage at being denied a toy, he was taught as a boy in a patriarchal household that his ability to express rage was good but that he had to learn the best setting to unleash his hostility.
It was not good for him to use his rage to oppose the wishes of his parents, but later, when he grew up, he was taught that rage was permitted and that allowing rage to provoke him to violence would help him protect home and nation.an analysis of politics in hardball a book by chris matthews repentant a literary analysis of my last duchess by robert browning parabolizing.
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A black kid who grows up in a ghetto has to be “bilingual” in a sense – has to know the ways of “the street”, but has to function in the world of power at least enough to survive. But this model of patriarchy is all. over. the. place. Variations on this are what I hear constantly.
In spite of his male-centered culture, Paul repeatedly affirms women in church leadership. Pillar 2: Ephesians 5 teaches, “Wives submit to your husbands.” Grammatically, the wife’s submission is explicitly one facet of mutual submission.
Feb 19, · The Extremes of the Patriarchy Spectrum. February 19, ~ prezdavis. We are benevolent to our animals, benevolent to our enemies, and of course benevolent to our women. Even though all of nature is screaming for Extreme A, it is unlikely that men weaned on (and genetically predisposed to) Western romance will .