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How Sad To Be A Patriarchal Man

To ask for advice is to show weakness.

To listen to others is to show weakness.

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To care for others is to show weakness.

To be gentle, compassionate, and kind is to show weakness.

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To express any emotion other than cold stoicism, anger, hostility, or hatred is to show weakness.

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How unutterably and indescribably sad the Patriarchy has made it to be a man.

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Toppling the Patriarchy: A Huge Life Improvement For Men

Countries which are the most patriarchal, where men hold the power, are really bad for men’s health, sanity, and lifespan.  Indeed, the more a man identifies with traditional notions of masculinity, the more vulnerable he is to reduced life satisfaction, greater unhappiness, depression, and stress, ill health, and injury or early death due to “man-made” diseases associated with a mind-set which applauds males for high-risk behaviours which maim and kill. Male suicide is a major problem in patriarchal societies because in these cultures, for males who suffer from mental health issues, sadly, it’s easier to get a gun or a rope than therapy.

The patriarchy has been a bad deal for both sexes.

By contrast, gender equality makes life better for both sexes. It is a proven fact that parity between the sexes makes men happier, improving their mental and physical health, relationships, welfare, and well-being.

Studies using global dbases reveal that in more gender-equal countries men experience the following benefits:

Improved quality of life

Regardless of sex, if you live in one of the more gender equal countries, your chances of having high quality of life are about 2x as much as for those living in a less gender equal country. 

Better overall health and improved well-being

Health and well-being for both sexes improves with gender equality when measured by factors such as welfare, depression, divorce, fertility, longevity, suicide, and violent deaths.

For men, the results are particularly positive!  They lead much longer and healthier lives (mental and physical health) as measured by lower mortality rates, higher well-being, half the risk of being depressed, higher likelihood of having protected sex, significantly lower suicide rates, and a 40% reduced risk of a violent death. Men sleep better as well as having a lower likelihood of suffering from a divorce or domestic violence.

Globally, on average, men are less healthy than women and die younger. But this is particularly so in countries with the lowest levels of gender equality. Some of this gap is attributable to biology, but a significant part can be ascribed to cultural, man-made diseases that arise from patriarchal pressures which drive males to behave according to stereotypical ideals of masculinity: Men are more likely to smoke, abuse alcohol, do drugs, have a poor diet, suffer from negative stress, and engage in high-risk behaviors (e.g., at work, on roads, in their leisure activities, etc.) which kill and maim. Stereotypical masculine expectations about not showing weakness mean they are also more likely to be violent towards each other and fail to seek medical attention when injured or sick.

In summary, the Patriarchy injures and kills men by imposing toxic stereotypes on them. To support men’s health, sanity and longevity, we need to eliminate these patriarchal social norms for male behaviour.

Less likely to die in a war or by a violent death

As gender equality increases, the likelihood of a man being a victim of violent death decreases significantly. In the most gender equal countries this likelihood is almost half that of the least gender equal countries.

Higher levels of gender equality are associated with a lower propensity for conflict, both between and within states. It also results in a reduced likelihood of state-perpetrated political violence—fewer killings, forced disappearances, torture, and political imprisonments.

Inequality in family law and a lack of female empowerment as measured by policies that disadvantage women regarding (a) marriage rights (including age and consent of marriage, divorce and custody), (b) the criminalization of marital rape and domestic abuse, and (c) property and inheritance rights / practices are significant predictors of state instability and fragility, according to a quantitative analysis of 171 countries.

Elimination of toxic masculinities

Feminism makes it possible for me to be liberated from the traditional masculinities which hurt both men and women.  Freedom from pressure to fit stereotypes means that a man is free to be who he is, not who the patriarchy dictates. He is empowered to show a wider range of emotions, to show his gentle side, to bond with his family, and to choose a career which expresses himself, since jobs are no longer sex-typed. 

The patriarchal role of breadwinner, which enforces male power in the family, has been shown to be associated with increased hypertension and heart attacks in men, as well as increased levels of smoking and chronic back pain. The sole breadwinner model has not been good for men’s health. Women entering the workforce and becoming financially independent has taken the pressure off of men to be the only wage earner in a family, with a consequent improvement in their health.

In more gender-equal societies, adolescent boys have fewer psychosomatic complaints, are less anti-social, and are more likely to use contraceptives.

Sexual assault is as damaging to a man as to a woman.  Gender equality has given male survivors of violence a voice, leading not only to therapy to reduce trauma but to a reduction in the incidence of such assaults. 

This all leads the men of more gender-equal societies to greater happiness, improved physical health and welfare, and better mental health.

Better relationships and improved sex life

The most patriarchal societies impose significant restrictions on sex, sexuality, and friendly relations between the sexes. Both are ignorant of basic sexual knowledge, have no idea how to pleasure each other, and are severely limited in their ability to engage in sexual activity.

Gender parity and sharing household chores, including childcare, leads to men getting more sex (“choreplay”) and to their experiencing greater sexual satisfaction, better and more stable relationships with women, increased marital happiness, lower rates of divorce, and reduced family friction. They smoke less, drink less, do drugs less often. They are less likely to go to the ER, but more likely to go to a doctor for routine screenings. They are less likely to see a therapist or be diagnosed with depression, and less likely to be on medications.

Their wives are happier and healthier – less likely to see a therapist, less likely to be diagnosed with depression, less likely to be put on medication, more likely to go to the gym, and report higher levels of marital satisfaction. And a happier wife means a happier husband!

Gender equality has meant that women are freer to pursue sexual activities, while access to birth control has meant that sex is more accessible to men. Anil Dash, an entrepreneur and writer in New York City, says, “At a functional level, the widespread, inexpensive availability of birth control is a huge benefit to straight and straightish guys for an obvious reason: Sex is fun! But that’s not the only benefit. Beyond the selfish benefits for men, there’s the basic human compassion of wanting people I love to have agency over the essential aspects of their health and their lives.”

Both sexes have benefitted from the ability to control the spacing of each child. Although women bear the burdens of pregnancy and childbirth, both parties usually bear the costs of raising children. Because reproduction affects all aspects of life, reproductive rights are one of the critical areas where gender equality has benefited men. To quote Dash again: “I’ve been able to make smarter, more thoughtful decisions about how to time my career, my being a parent and my other obligations because of the flexibility and freedom afforded to me by having easy access to birth control. It let me hold off on becoming a dad until I had gotten closer to being a man worthy of being one … I see as a husband, a father, and a friend to other husbands and fathers who have been in the same situation, that we’ve been able to better serve our families and our communities because our wives and partners have had authority over what happens with their bodies. Freeing women to have control frees us men who have built our lives with them.”

Liberating and empowering women is in the interest of men since it gets them the things they want – a better relationship with their spouse, more freedom and empowerment for themselves, and higher levels of happiness and health.

Better relationships with their children

Men have better and more enriched relationships with their children because feminism has led to improved family leave for workers of both sexes, combined with social acceptance of males playing a greater part in parenting and a more important role in their children’s lives.

Surveys show a clear correlation between the level of gender equality and the frequency of violence in a family – when the level of gender equality in the childhood home is high, the level of physical violence is low. This applies to violence against children as well as to violence between partners. And the finding is dramatic: Gender equality in the home reduces the risk of violence against children by almost two-thirds.

In countries with high gender parity, where men share in housework and childcare, their children are happier and healthier. Their children do better in school (lower rates of absenteeism, higher rates of achievement, less likely to be diagnosed with ADHD) and are less likely to need psychiatric care / medication.  Men also get to experience the joy of increased bonding with their children. Today, in Western societies, fathers spend triple the amount of time with their kids than they did in 1965. Without feminism, this hugely rewarding aspect of being a man would not exist. 

Gender equality is in the interest of men since it gets them something they want – happier and healthier children, combined with a deeper and more meaningful relationship with them.  Such a connection with another human being is recognized to be one of the key goods for achieving happiness in life.

Reduced poverty

More gender equal societies have stronger and wealthier economies.  As a result, males score higher on economic well-being due to greater opportunities/prosperity and increased spending on social services, education, healthcare, and development.

Just because it is called “feminism” doesn’t mean it hasn’t been good for males.  Parity between the sexes makes men happier, improving their health, relationships, welfare, and well-being.

What’s not to like, guys? 

True men’s rights activists should familiarize themselves with all the ways that gender equality benefits them, and if they really want to improve men’s lives, they should be joining hands with their sisters to dismantle the destructive and outdated patriarchal ideals which contribute to creating a toxic definition of masculinity.

Everyone benefits from gender equality … it is up to everyone to make it happen.

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Catch-22 (Snatch-22)

The Earth – Patriarchal Man’s Toy

The Earth has been dying since patriarchal man became its master.

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The Patriarchy is a male dominated society which objectifies the “other” – women, BIPOC, minorities, animals, plants, resources, the environment, our Mother, the Earth.

An object is a possession – a toy you are free to use, abuse, or destroy as you please. And if the toy gets broken, why you just get a new one!

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The Patriarchy is a “slave” society which produces grown men who are narcissistic egomaniacs, raised as irresponsible, spoiled 3-year-olds: A child who drops his used underwear on the floor, leaves his dirty dishes for others to wash, walks over the clean floor with his muddy shoes.

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There has ALWAYS been someone there to clean-up the patriarchal man’s messes for him, to assure him it’s not his fault, to get him a new toy – everything has always been someone else’s problem.

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So, patriarchal man is comfortable making a mess of the environment – someone else’s problem. And if the Earth is destroyed, he believes, just as in the past, and as with all his other toys, someone will get him a new planet to play with.

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Allowing patriarchal man dominion over the Earth is like giving a wife abuser dominion over a battered woman’s shelter.

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Objects Don’t Talk Back

An object cannot respond to being commented on, handled, fondled, abused, destroyed.

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Objects don’t talk back, they don’t compete, and they don’t threaten.

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Patriarchal males seem to prefer to deal with objects rather than real human beings.

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Trained to Prefer Sub-Humans

Women have been less than human for centuries. They still are in most cultures of the world.

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Makes you wonder about what patriarchy has done to men …

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It makes them prefer sex with something they don’t consider quite human.

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Oh My! Another Pattern …

The Patriarchy Explained

Part 2: Essential definitions

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A BAD SLAVE is:

One who fails to silently, willingly, and gladly obey the MASTER.

An inferior who dares to say “No!” to their superior.

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One who thinks, has an opinion, talks back. One who fails in the duty to smile at every hurtful action, to be overwhelmingly grateful for the smallest act of compassion, and who should show worshipful love to the hand which abuses, beats, or even kills.

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A BAD FEMALE is:

One who fails to silently, willingly, and gladly obey the MALE.

An inferior who dares to say “No!” to her superior.

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One who thinks, has an opinion, talks back. One who fails in the duty to smile at every hurtful action, to be overwhelmingly grateful for the smallest act of compassion, and who should show worshipful love to the hand which abuses, beats, or even kills.

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Anyone notice a pattern?

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The Economic Benefits of Women Empowerment

We often hear that companies and individuals want to empower women because it’s the right thing to do. But that’s not the only reason to empower women.

Empowered women positively benefit the economy when they’re given a seat at the table.

In this blog, we explore what happens when women have a seat at the table and the inequities weighing them down are lifted. Particularly:

  • The economic benefits of empowered women
  • Women’s participation in Peace Processes
  • More broadly within the global community, how lifting the burdens of inequity can peace and stability

Let’s dive in!

The economic benefits of empowered women

Better economies, healthier citizens and enhanced wellbeing.

Stronger economies and higher incomes lead to reduced poverty, with all of its attendant ills, hunger, disease, and weak health. Growing prosperity results in increased expenditure on social services, education, healthcare, and development for everyone to enjoy.

  • An increase in the share of women legislators is also positively correlated with investment in education and health.
  • A study of women’s personal empowerment at the household level—including indicators such as property and inheritance rights, rights in marriage, divorce, and custody, and the level of violence against women in the home—found that less empowerment in the household correlates with less stability nationwide (measured by political instability, lack of freedoms, autocracy, corruption, and internal conflict).
  • Countries are more prosperous and stable as the gender gap closes. Countries that educate women have better economies, healthier citizens, and less violence than those that don’t.

When gender equality starts with education, families get the opportunity to improve their lives.

The longer girls stay in school, the fewer child marriages, meaning family planning and maternal / child health improve.

It is much harder to leave dangerous relationships and situations without an education to fall back on.

Better education leads to more and better opportunities. Each additional year of girls’ education increases family income, reducing family poverty, improving child health, and lowering infant mortality by 5-10%.

Greater food security.

  • Females globally have a 27% higher risk than men of facing severe food insecurity. 60% of all undernourished people are women and girls.
  • The tradition of women eating last continues to be widely followed, especially in rural areas, and it often leaves women hungry /
  • suffering from malnutrition, while the males of the family are food secure.

The wellbeing of children is often linked to that of mothers. With more income and financial independence, women can increase household spending on children’s nutrition, health, and education.

Fewer societal problems as gender-related violence is reduced

A healthy economy is a machine powered by well-adjusted, well-educated, synergistic people.

Femicide, human trafficking, abused women and children, rape-culture, honour killings, FGM, and female foeticide / infanticide all result from gender inequality.

Unequal societies are less cohesive, with higher rates of anti-social behaviour and violence. Countries with greater gender equality are more connected.

Reduced racial discrimination

Women in marginalized racial groups face significantly more discrimination, receiving lower pay, fewer job opportunities and worse healthcare.  When gender equality is intersectional, this reduces racial discrimination.

When women go into a sector of the economy, including politics, it opens the doors for other minorities to follow. 

Historically, the success of women and the success of minorities BIPOC has been intertwined – we are both oppressed, with the degree being different, but a win for one is a win for the other.

Greater peace: Better government, improved decision-making, enhanced social / political stability, and conflict reduction and resolution

  • IMPROVED DECISION-MAKING: Multiple studies found that women in government are more likely to propose legislation which improves the lives of families and is more reflective of the collective interest.
  • Female lawmakers are more likely to advocate for policies that support education and health [PDF]. Parliaments with a higher share of women lawmakers are also more likely to pass and implement legislation that advances gender equality, including laws on domestic violence, rape, and sexual harassment. 
  • Increasing the number of women in the parliament, curbs corruption, improves policy outcomes, promotes bipartisanship, equality, and stability, and the inclusiveness of minority groups in public spheres.
  • When women make up a critical mass of legislatures – around 25% to 30% – they are more likely to challenge established conventions and policy agendas.
  • According to a survey of sixty-five countries, women’s presence in politics restores trust in government and increases the amount of attention paid by political bodies to social welfare, legal protection, and the transparency of government and business. 
  • Women pass more legislation than their male counterparts.
  • ENHANCED SOCIAL/POLITICAL STABILITY: Women are more likely to work across lines, leading to cooperation between parties/groups and greater chance of success for legislative proposals.
  • CONFLICT REDUCTION AND RESOLUTION: In peace efforts, women’s contributions to conflict prevention and resolution reduce conflict and improve stability. Women’s inclusion at leadership tables promotes stability. One study found that when women’s parliamentary representation increases by 5%, a country is almost five times less likely to respond to an international crisis with violence. Within countries, women’s parliamentary representation is associated with a decreased risk of civil war and lower levels of state-perpetrated human rights abuses, such as disappearances, killings, political imprisonment, and torture.
  • MORE COLLABORATIVE / INCLUSIVE: Women take a collaborative approach to peacemaking, organizing across cultural and sectarian divides. This approach – which incorporates the concerns of diverse demographics (e.g., religious, ethnic, and cultural groups) affected by a conflict and with an interest in its resolution – increases the prospects of long-term stability and reduces the likelihood of state failure, conflict onset, and poverty.
    • Once there is a conflict, when women are at the negotiating table, the negotiated peace is more durable and better implemented, meaning it lasts longer – 35% more likely to last at least 15 years. In addition, parties were significantly more likely to agree to talks and subsequently reach an agreement when women’s groups exercised strong influence on the negotiation process, as compared to when they had little or no influence. Including women’s organizations, makes a peace agreement 64% less likely to fail.
    • HONEST BROKERS: Including women at the peace table increases the likelihood of reaching an agreement because women are often viewed as honest brokers by negotiating parties. Because women often operate outside existing power structures, and generally do not control fighting forces, they are more widely perceived to be politically impartial mediators in peace negotiations, compared to men.
    • STAGE MASS ACTION: Women often advance peacemaking by employing visible and high-profile tactics to pressure parties to begin or recommit to peace negotiations, as well as to sign accords. Historically, women’s groups have successfully staged mass actions and mobilized public opinion campaigns in many countries to encourage progress in peace talks. In recent times, women’s groups have organized more mass action campaigns in support of peace deals than any other social group.
    • ACCESS TO CRITICAL INFORMATION: Because women tend to have different social roles and responsibilities than men do, they have access to information and community networks that can inform negotiating positions and areas of agreement.
    • BROADER AGENDA: Women are more likely to raise issues in negotiations that help societies reconcile and recover. They raise issues in conflict resolution processes beyond military action, power-sharing arrangements, and territorial gains, arguing for political and legal reforms, social and economic recovery priorities, and transitional justice concerns that can make agreements more durable.
    • ENHANCE POST-CONFLICT RECOVERY: Including women in post-conflict recovery and rebuilding processes improves stability. Groups charged with delivering on a peace agreement are more effective when women participate. Women are also more likely to direct post-conflict resources to the reconstruction of public institutions and provision of services critical to long-term stability, including schools, healthcare services, clean drinking water, and judicial systems.
    • When at least 35% of a country’s legislature are women, the risk of conflict relapse is close to zero. When women are unrepresented in parliaments, however, the risk of relapse increases over time.
    • GREATER PEACE: Gender equality is a better indicator of a country’s likelihood to deploy military force than its GDP. As gender equality improves, a country’s peace improves. In turn, this is important for gender equality because war disproportionately affects women.
    • Higher levels of gender equality are associated with a lower propensity for conflict, both between and within states. States with higher levels of political, social, and economic gender equality are less likely to use military force to settle disputes.
    • According to one study analyzing data from 1954 to 1994, there is a statistically significant relationship between the percentage of female leaders and the level of violence in a crisis.
    • Individuals, both men and women, who do not support gender equality are more likely to express hostility towards other countries and to minorities within their own country, according to a study of five countries around the Pacific—China, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, and the United States.
    • States that are characterized by ethnic and gender inequality—as well as human rights abuse—are more likely to become involved in militarized and violent interstate disputes, rely on force in an international dispute, and be the aggressors during international disputes.
    • Higher levels of women’s political participation are associated with a lower risk of civil war and a reduced likelihood of state-perpetrated political violence—fewer killings, forced disappearances, torture, and political imprisonments.
    • The most rapid post-conflict reductions in poverty were observed in areas where women reported higher levels of empowerment, according to one study of conflict-affected communities.
    • Inequality in family law—for example, policies that disadvantage women regarding age and consent of marriage, the criminalization of marital rape, and inheritance law and practices—is a significant predictor of state instability and fragility, according to a quantitative analysis of 171 countries.
    • Women in police forces are less likely than their male counterparts to use excessive force and far more likely to de-escalate tensions and build trust with the communities they serve, thereby advancing stability and the rule of law.
    • Surveys confirm that women’s participation in the security sector is associated with fewer misconduct complaints and improved citizen perceptions of force integrity.

Statistical Research on Women’s Participation in Peace Processes

(SOURCE: The Council on Foreign Relations at https://www.cfr.org/womens-participation-in-peace-processes/why-it-matters#collapse-18768)

  • Peace agreements are more durable and better implemented when women participate in peace processes.
    • One study analyzed 130 peace agreements signed since 1990 and found a statistically significant relationship between peace agreements signed by women and the durability of peace. The study also found that linkages between women signatories and women-led civil society groups led to more provisions in final agreements that were focused on political reform, and higher implementation rates of those provisions, which increased the likelihood of durable peace. Source: Krause, Krause, and Branfors
    • A qualitative review of forty peace and constitution-drafting negotiations since 1990 found that parties were significantly more likely to agree to talks and subsequently reach an agreement when women’s groups exercised strong influence on the negotiation process, as compared to when they had little or no influence. Source: Paffenholz et al.
  • Women have a comparative advantage in interactions with community members, which amplifies situational awareness and helps military commanders fulfill their mandates, including the protection of civilians. Source: UN Women (January 2015)
  • Surveys confirm that women’s participation in the security sector is associated with fewer misconduct complaints and improved citizen perceptions of force integrity.
  • A visible presence of female peacekeepers has been shown to empower women and girls in host communities and can raise women’s participation rates in local police and military forces.
    • In Liberia, observers attributed an increase in women’s participation in the national security sector—from 6 percent to 17 percent over nine years—to the example set by the all-female police units deployed as part of the UN peacekeeping mission. Source: Pruitt

Gender balance in peacekeeping reduces sexual violence.

Greater gender balance in peacekeeping forces reduces the risk of sexual exploitation and abuse. Estimates suggest that increasing the proportion of women in the military from 0 to 5 percent reduces abuse allegations by more than half. Source: Karim and Beardsley

Female officers are better able to respond to concerns about women’s physical safety.

Data from thirty-nine countries demonstrates that women are more likely to report instances of gender-based violence to female officers—a finding anecdotally supported for police, military, and peacekeeping personnel. Source: Miller and Segal in UN Women (2011)

  • Higher levels of women’s political participation are associated with a lower risk of civil war and a reduced likelihood of state-perpetrated political violence—fewer killings, forced disappearances, torture, and political imprisonments. Source: Melander (November 2005); Melander (March 2005)
  • A quantitative analysis found that the longer a country has had female suffrage before the outbreak of an international dispute, the higher the likelihood that it will resolve the dispute without using military force. Source: Caprioli (2000)
  • According to a survey of sixty-five countries, women’s presence in politics restores trust in government and increases the amount of attention paid by political bodies to social welfare, legal protection, and the transparency of government and business. Source: Hudson et al; Inter-Parliamentary Union
  • Commissions charged with delivering on specific aspects of a peace agreement—such as monitoring disarmament, establishing a truth and reconciliation process, or drafting a constitution—were more effective when women participated. Source: Paffenholz et al.
  • Women’s inclusion in efforts to disarm, demobilize, and reintegrate ex-combatants eases tensions, opens dialogue, and improves protections for child soldiers.
    • Among former combatants in Sierra Leone, 55 percent identified women in the community as central figures in aiding reintegration, compared to 32 percent citing international aid workers and 20 percent citing community leaders. Source: Mazurana and Carlson; DCAF (2011)
  • Large gaps in female and male literacy rates and an excess of young men are associated with both more conflict incidents and higher conflict-related fatalities, according to one study of eighty-five districts in Northeast India. Source: Forsberg and Olsson
  • Inequality in family law—for example, policies that disadvantage women regarding age and consent of marriage, the criminalization of marital rape, and inheritance law and practices—is a significant predictor of state instability and fragility, according to a quantitative analysis of 171 countries. Source: Bowen, Hudson, and Lynne
  • A study of women’s personal empowerment at the household level—including indicators such as property and inheritance rights, rights in marriage, divorce, and custody, and the level of violence against women in the home—found that less empowerment in the household correlates with less stability nationwide (measured by political instability, lack of freedoms, autocracy, corruption, and internal conflict). Source: Hudson
  • Rising bride prices are associated with increased violence and terrorism.
    • Research found that bride prices are subject to destabilizing inflation, putting marriage out of reach for many young men. This incentivizes violence to obtain the necessary funds to marry. Source: Hudson and Matfess
  • Men who support values of “honor culture” (male societal privilege and control over female sexuality) are more likely to have participated in political violence during protests, according to a study in Thailand. Source: Bjarnegård, Brounéus, and Melander
  • Wartime rape also fuels displacement.
    • A 2013 International Rescue Committee study of displaced persons who fled Syria for neighboring Jordan and Lebanon found that the majority identified the danger of rape as a primary reason for leaving cities under siege. Threats of abduction spurred the 2014 exodus of two hundred thousand members of the Yazidi community in the Sinjar region of northern Iraq. Source: International Rescue Committee; Human Rights Watch

Female political inclusion is a social, economic, and political good in itself: Including women in the political process engenders significant social, political and economic benefits.

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Anyone Notice The Pattern?

The Patriarchy Explained Part 1: Essential definitions

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A SLAVE is a person who can be bought and sold into slavery.

The MASTER is expected to control their actions and thoughts, and has the right of punishment from reprimand, to beating, to death.

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A WOMAN is a person who can be bought and sold into wifehood.

The HUSBAND is expected to control her actions and thoughts, and has the right of punishment from reprimand, to beating, to death.

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Anyone notice a pattern?

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Looking Through a Patriarchal Lens

Patriarchy is a social system created by brutal conquerors using three basic concepts: • Slavery • Militarism • Male dominance and misogyny

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In a SLAVE SOCIETY, those defined as superior by their class / religion / wealth / education / genetic heritage (e.g., Aryan, Caucasian, or European) are masters – privileged, entitled, despots. Everyone else is an underling who may be used, abused, and disposed of at the whim of a master.

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Underlings are always seen as a threat – liable to rise-up and kill the masters. They are rigidly controlled, indoctrinated into believing in their inferiority, and drilled to be servile, obedient, and non-questioning.

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Paranoia about rebellion means all underlings are a threat in the eyes of a master.

Masters and their authorized servants (police, military, courts) feel free to attack an underling, even one exhibiting the most innocent of behaviours. And any conduct outside the accepted norms for a subordinate will be viciously and violently dealt with.

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A MILITARISTIC SOCIETY is organized into layered ranks of masters and underlings: The King is supreme. His nobles control all below them, their knights control those below them … and so on for every level of society and every group in it.

The world is a bureaucratic triangle, with a few in the top levels giving orders and hoarding the wealth. A small layer of sycophants supports the top, while the multitude at the bottom are expected to do as they are told, support the system, toil to create the wealth, and feel gratitude for any crumbs which fall from above.

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In a society of MALE DOMINANCE men are on top.

MISOGYNY means that “femaleness” is treated with contempt – suppressed, enslaved, punished, silenced, kept ignorant, and preferably locked-up and away from the public eye. A female in public, unaccompanied by her owner, may be harassed, raped, tortured, maimed, or killed at the whim of any passing male. And she deserved it.

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Patriarchy ties together a host of what before seemed to be isolated and dissimilar concepts, events, and people. Consider the following:

• Capitalism, communism, imperialism, colonialism, fascism, Nazism, totalitarianism, authoritarianism, bureaucracies. • Genocide, eugenics, racism, discrimination, rape-culture, wife abuse, public sexual harassment, work harassment.

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• The Klan, the Aryan Brotherhood, Daesh, the Taliban. • Royalty, class society, billionaires, social inequality and poverty. • George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Harvey Weinstein, Jeffrey Epstein, Roger Ailes, Trump, the Koch brothers.

Do you see the pattern?

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Stare through a patriarchal lens at history, at how our societies function, at every news story, every political event, every economic one, how you, and others like you, are treated … are the pieces of the puzzle starting to fall into place?

Doesn’t the world suddenly start to make perfect sense once you understand how Patriarchy functions?

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Time to Turn The Horror Show off!

Patriarchy is a cultural invention. It is not natural, inevitable, god-given, or based on biological differences between men and women.

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It is a social construct, MAN MADE between 3 and 5 millennia ago, when tribes of warlike and brutal males invaded, subjugated, and destroyed the settled, more civilized, and egalitarian societies which existed before.

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As professional killers, whose closest ties were with their brothers-in-arms, they scorned all things “womanly” – they were misogynists.

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They created in their own image a dominant (have no gods before me), brutal, blood-thirsty, violent, vengeful, misogynistic, male, god who decreed contempt for females, anyone not of the tribe, and anyone of the tribe who did not conform to “HIS rules”.

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Their male priesthood very conveniently revealed that they, and their male descendants, were the masters of the universe, divinely appointed (chosen) to subdue, oppress, enslave, and slaughter the peoples around them, to dispossess the Mother Goddess whom the conquered had worshipped, and to dominate the Earth, along with all within it.

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Our culture is rooted in an ancient EVIL: A self-serving scheme by ruthless, killer-conquerors who purposely designed a world of inequality. One built on ensuring their enrichment and empowerment, combined with an institutionalized system of oppression, enslavement, loathing, and even extinction for everyone else.

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“As a [way to organize society], patriarchy is as outdated as feudalism … a 4,000-year-old system of ideas that won’t just go away.” Dr. Gerda Lerner (pioneering historian, feminist, and expert in patriarchy)

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No – this evil, brutal, and antiquated social system won’t “just go away”!

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It is past time to take action to turn this horror show off. Attention everyone – time to stand-up and leave the theatre!