Social system dominated by men
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Men see with arrogant eyes which organize everything seen with reference to themselves and their own interests. ~ Marilyn Frye

Patriarchy is a social system where in gender roles dictate the availability of positions of leadership and the scope of social privileges in preference to males.


  • Consider a birdcage. If you look very closely at just one wire in the cage, you cannot see the other wires. If your conception of what is before you is determined by this myopic focus, you could look at that one wire, up and down the length of it, and be unable to see why a bird would not just fly around the wire any time it wanted to go somewhere. Furthermore, even if, one day at a time, you myopically inspected each wire, you still could not see why a bird would have trouble going past the wires to get anywhere. There is no physical property of any one wire, nothing that the closest scrutiny could discover, that will reveal how a bird could be inhibited or harmed by it except in the most accidental way. It is only when you step back, stop looking at the wires one by one, microscopically, and take a macroscopic view of the whole cage, that you can see why the bird does not go anywhere; and then you will see it in a moment. It will require no great subtlety of mental powers. It is perfectly obvious that the bird is surrounded by a network of systematically related barriers, no one of which would be the least hindrance to its flight, but which, by their relations to each other, are as confining as the solid walls of a dungeon.
  • If we take a survey of ages and of countries, we shall find the women, almost - without exception - at all times and in all places, adored and oppressed. Man, who has never neglected an opportunity of exerting his power, in paying homage to their beauty, has always availed himself of their weakness He has been at once their tyrant and their slave.
    • Anonymous (attr. Thomas Paine), "Women, Adored and Oppressed" (1775)

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  •   The dictionary definition of patriarchy at Wiktionary
  •   Encyclopedic article on Patriarchy at Wikipedia
  •   Media related to Patriarchy at Wikimedia Commons