Just what is patriarchy, exactly?  Glad you asked.

Merriam-Webster says, “Social organization marked by the supremacy of the father in the clan or family, the legal dependence of wives and children, and the reckoning of descent and inheritance in the male line; broadly : control by men of a disproportionately large share of power.”

That sounds like us, right?  That is, the US.

In 2012, there were 18 female CEOs of Fourtune 500 companies.  That’s a whopping 3.6%.  Yet females comprise 47% of the workforce.  Not to mention that females make, on average, 77 cents to a male’s dollar.

Oh, and of course, there’s family life.  “When a husband and wife are both employed full-time, the mother does 40 percent more child care and about 30 percent more housework than the father.”

And there’s that whole beauty thing.  81% of ten-year-old girls are afraid of being fat.  44% of women have negative feelings about themselves when they aren’t wearing makeup.

But we can’t be too beautiful, because if we get raped, it will be our own fault.  1 out of every 6 American females has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape in her lifetime.  And for those females who are raped and can conceive, the rate of pregnancy is 5%.  Legitimately.

That’s just a peek through the keyhole!  Then, there are all the roles patriarchy says males have to play.  You can’t like the color pink or baking or singing or nurturing.  I could go on forever.  Really.  I could.

But in a nutshell, patriarchy tells us what we can and cannot do, based on our sex or gender or perception thereof.  We have all learned it.  Now it’s time to unlearn it.


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