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Missionary Position Culture: Men On Top

Men occupy the top rungs of corporations, governments and educational institutions.

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Men still command more pay for their work, as well as more respect.

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Men still do not shoulder their fair share of the housework or childcare.

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Despite over 100 years of feminism, and society’s protestations of equality and modernity, patriarchy still dominates Western society. We still live in a missionary position culture, with men on top.

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And, too many of us are still uncomfortable with any other possibility. Too many of us feel a frisson of embarrassment, of guilt, about being a feminist.

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We are loath to admit it of ourselves, uncomfortable seeing it in our sisters, and reluctant to raise our children, particularly our sons, as anything other than slaves of archaic patriarchal beliefs and behaviours.