Please read this great discussion of #MeToo and patriarchy reblogged from “One Wild and Precious Life.”
Patriarchy literally means “the rule of the father” and comes from the Greek πατριάρχης (patriarkhēs), “father of a race” or “chief of a race, patriarch“, which is a compound of πατριά (patria), “lineage, descent” (from πατήρ patēr, “father”) and ἄρχω (arkhō), “I rule”.
Historically, the term patriarchy was used to refer to autocratic rule by the male head of a family. However, in modern times, it more generally refers to social systems in which power is primarily held by adult men. One example definition of patriarchy by Sylvia Walby is “a system of interrelated social structures which allow men to exploit women.”According to April A. Gordon, Walby’s definition allows for the variability and changes in women’s roles and in the order of their priority under different patriarchal systems. It also recognizes that it is the institutionalized…
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