Patriarchy is a social system in which males hold primary power and predominate in roles of political leadership, moral authority, social privilege and control of property. In the domain of the family, fathers or father-figures hold authority over women and children. Some patriarchal societies are also patrilineal, meaning that property and title are inherited by the male lineage.
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"Feminist theory defines patriarchy as an unjust social system that enforces gender roles and is oppressive to both men and women. It often includes any social mechanism that evokes male dominance over women. Feminist theory typically characterizes patriarchy as a social construction, which can be overcome by revealing and critically analyzing its manifestations. Many feminists (especially scholars and activists) have called for culture repositioning as a method for deconstructing patriarchy. Culture repositioning relates to culture change. It involves the reconstruction of the cultural concept of a society. Prior to the widespread use of "patriarchy", feminists used the terms "male chauvinism" and "sexism" to refer roughly to the same phenomenon. Author bell hooks argues that the new term identifies the ideological system itself (that men are inherently dominant or superior to women) that can be believed and acted upon by either men or women, whereas the earlier terms imply only men act as oppressors of women."
Feminist theory and sex
Feminists often accept the following as basic tenets:
- The strong dominate the weak.
- Men are stronger than women.
- Woman and children are weak.
- Therefore, men dominate women and children.
- and men force women and children to submit to their sexual desires.
The only problem with the above is that:
- Men are not always stronger than women,
- women are not always weaker than men,
- men do not always dominate women, and
- children are dominated perhaps more by women than they are by men, as women are the primary caregivers to children.
Many cultures are actually more egalitarian than they superficially appear, with women sharing power with men. But this does not fit in nicely into the feminist narrative, so feminists usually ignore this.
Women dominating men
Women do, after all "have men by the balls". Men tend to have a tremendous urge to desire to have sex with women. There are two basic methods that men can use to be able to have sex with women:
- Men can use physical force to get sex.
- Men's use of physical force is not socially acceptable in many cultures.
- Men's use of physical force is illegal in many cultures.
- Men can try to use other means to get women to consent to have sex with them.
- This is the way that most men, most of the time, are able to have sex with most of the women that they do.
The myth of BoyLovers "dominating" boys
BoyLovers, as well, tend to have a tremendous urge to desire to have sex with boys.
Some situational homosexuals--men who may find a man's body, or a boy's body, to be an acceptable substitute for a woman's body when a woman's is not available, may anally rape unwilling men or boys, but this is rare outside of prison populations.
BoyLovers who are pederasts may (or may not) desire anal intercourse with boys, but, as do "normal" men with women, these Boylovers almost always use non-forceful methods to achieve their goals.
BoyLovers who are true pedophiles--that is, BoyLovers who are sexually attracted to prepubescent and pubescent boys, in general, seek out other forms of sexual activity with boys, and only rarely desire anal intercourse with boys. As do "normal" men with women, these Boylovers, too, almost always use non-forceful methods to achieve their goals.
Therefore, it is a myth that:
- BoyLovers have the power to dominate boys,
- because boys usually now know that one word to the police will be disastrous for the BoyLover,
- and that BoyLovers use their "power" to rape unwilling boys.