What exactly is wrong with the concept and application of patriarchy?
"A form of social organization in which the father is the supreme authority in the family, clan, or tribe and descent is reckoned in the male line, with the children belonging to the father's clan or tribe."
Anecdotes seem to relate the fact that women actually "run" the household more often than men, but that is not the issue here.
I have no problems if a woman heads a household, leads an organization, or even a country. The point is that patriarchy is a general guideline; that is, it doesn't have to be followed to the letter. Furthermore, I have seen many claims that it somehow cheapens the quality of women in some way, and results in many social ills. Is there any proof to back this up? Could one prove that a person died because of "patriarchy?"
All answers are welcome. Let's do our best to keep personal attacks to a minimum.
Is there any proof that patriarchy causes the social ills that feminism asserts it does?
If so, where is it?
I disagree with the "Middle East" idea because that is more a result of one interpretation of Sharia law rather than a patriarchal ideal. (My opinion.)
Any other proof/information/opinions?
(Just so that you know, my mother is a widow; she says she is "still married" to our father as well.)
I ask merely, how? As others have said, patriarchy has always been around in some form or another. Why should it change now?
You give me a source from Robin Morgan. Excellent. Did she not say the things recorded here?
Why should I believe the unsourced/biased rhetoric of a woman who says:
"Sexism is NOT the fault of women--kill your fathers, not your mothers." (That is BARELY the gist of it; read the bottom quote in that link.)
Anyways, I'll have to look at the sourced book, Allegra, although your insult takes away from its credibility (as one who is not controlling herself is endorsing it).
Whatever. More responses are welcome.