You will hear feminists wherever you encounter them bleating naively about fighting to dismantle the patriarchy. To a feminist, the patriarchy is an evil system which oppressed women while at the same time privileged men. They are never able to actually back this up with any real evidence, but then feminism is an ideology. It is not a science. Ideologies are based on repeated chants and slogans. Facts just get in the way. Followers of ideologies are required to bleat like sheep to the beat of the doctrines drums. To question is blasphemy.
The patriarchy was a system which insured the survival and advancement of the species specifically through the protection of women. Though not a concept invented by feminists, it is a history that has been deliberately distorted and misrepresented by every feminist theorist you care to mention. This deliberate re-writing of history was most definitely a feminist attempt to lionize women and demonize men and it has been broadly successful.
So lets for a moment do something which feminists never do. Lets look at the facts. For most of history the people at the very top were men, which make sense in view of the fact that rulers were often required to protect their positions in combat. Before the advent of modern technology men had massive physical advantages. You can’t really blame them for that. Patriarchy did not have the power to influence human biology. The fact that the strongest rose to the top was not the result of some sinister patriarchal conspiracy; any more than the fact that most stone-masons and miners and soldiers were men and still are today. In fact it’s fair to say that while most of the tiny minority at the very top were men, the majority of those at the very bottom of the heap were also men.
There were also many absolutist female rulers throughout history and there is no evidence that they were any less patriarchal in their outlook to male ones.
Patriarchy was a system that discriminated against almost everybody. For most of human history, people were oppressed to a greater or lesser extent. Mostly it was the vast majority of poor men and women being exploited by a tiny minority of rich men and women. That’s patriarchy, and they won’t tell you this in women’s studies, but although the system discriminated against both men and women, it was women who also benefited most from it. Women were not expected to shoulder the same burdens or face the same dangers as men. Women were generally spared the worst excesses of those much harsher times because men were obliged to protect them.
It is no surprise to anyone except feminists that ordinary working-class women all over Europe opposed the concept of equal rights as proposed by groups like the suffragettes when they fist appeared. Remember that feminism took root among the most privileged women in the world first. That’s not a mystery either. Most working-class women depended upon the traditional protections offered by the patriarchy for their survival. Women did not want to go down the mines or fight in the wars or haul iron on the railways.
It’s very easy for pampered modern-day feminist “academics.” to sit in their air-conditioned offices spewing out this infantile piffle about how women were oppressed throughout history by the patriarchy. Would these same feminists have been doing this a century ago when the reality of equal rights would have meant a lifetime of back-breaking labour and a life-expectancy of about forty years? Please don’t kid yourself.
On planet feminist, men should have worked and struggled and bled and sacrificed and even died for women in return for absolutely nothing. That would have been equality according to feminists. Men shouldered all the responsibilities and did almost all the heavy lifting. They led harder shorter lives than women right throughout history. Pre-feminist women were thankfully smart enough to understand that these men were entitled to expect some respect and special consideration in return. Post feminist women are increasingly left wondering where all the good men have gone! Well done sisters.
Walk down the street outside your house. Everything you see around you was built by men. Every modern convenience that you take for granted every day was conceived of, designed, developed and built by men. Did you use a computer today? Did you use a bus or take a train or a plane? Are you using contraceptives? Did you cook dinner using an electric oven? Have you ever required hospital treatment? Do you have central heating and electric lighting and running water? ….. All invented by men. If you hear a noise at night that frightens you, you might call the police on a phone invented by men and they will arrive in a car invented by men, on roads built by men. That’s the patriarchy.
If your country is invaded by a foreign enemy, the men of your country will sign up in their hundreds of thousands to put their lives on the line to protect you. That’s the patriarchy.
So sisters. Maybe a little gratitude once in a while might be appreciated, because if it weren’t for the patriarchy we would be living in a cave, naked, cold and hungry and wishing there were some men around to hunt for food and protect us from wild animals.