The patriarchy is a term feminists use time and time again. Supposedly, women are living in an oppressive society built for men and are forced to fit in and adapt. If they try to get ahead, they are shunned and stopped from doing so. How exactly large companies led by females fit into this "patriarchy", I'm not sure.
This whole "patriarchy" argument is incredibly confusing. How exactly can a woman be running for top position in this country if women are oppressed? It doesn't make much sense. I must be missing something.
Some men and women argue that the patriarchy does not exist. Some argue that it does. So for the purposes of today's MyTake, the patriarchy does exist. There is a male dominated power structure oppressing women. Any woman who fights the patriarchy is immediately shunned and dismissed as an SJW or feminazi.
So who is to blame for this patriarchy? Men, of course. After all, the system benefits them. Just like white people are to blame for slavery and segregation, men are to blame for the patriarchy.
Which makes sense, until you take a closer look at a particular element of the patriarchy.
Now, once again, it could be argued that biological factors such as balance of hormones affect behavior and that gender is not a social construct.
But, once again, for the purposes of this Take, gender is a social construct. There are less female politicians because women are taught to be quiet and polite and non combative. If a girl was raised like a boy is raised, she would have similar interests and would be tougher and more willing to stand up for herself.
But here's where things get confusing. According to feminists, the patriarchy oppresses women and that is why women are encouraged to be housewives while men are encouraged to pursue a career and achieve their goals.
But feminists also believe gender is a product of social conditioning. There is no inherent difference between the two genders in terms of interests or desire to achieve.
But, historically, women have been the caretakers at home. Meaning that, women are socialized by their mothers. Meaning, if there is an issue with how women are socialized...
Their mothers are to be blamed. Because their fathers are away from home earning money and working.
And if this is not the case, and women and men are equally responsible and have equal say when raising a child.
Then patriarchy doesn't exist.
Here's another interesting element though. Historically, women have been caretakers and men breadwinners (I'm talking about generations ago.) So that means men were also socialized by their mothers. And if we are to believe there is no biological difference, their mothers socialized them to be tougher and more dominant.
So if men are tougher and more dominant than women, once again mothers are to blame.
The patriarchy exists, social conditioning by gender is real, and mothers in society are to blame for it.
The patriarchy isn't real, there are biological differences between genders, and mothers are doing a fine job.
Personally, I don't think mothers are to blame. I think mothers are doing a fine job, so I think the latter is the case.
Either way, no matter how you look at it, men are not to blame.
*I enjoyed doing this stream of consciousness MyTake where I didn't obsess over every detail and instead just made observations. Hopefully you enjoyed reading it.
*I welcome all comments. Be as rude as you want, but expect equal treatment.