What is patriarchy?

  • (noun): A form of social organization in which a male is the family head and title is traced through the male line.
    Synonyms: patriarchate


Patriarchy is a social system in which the male is the primary authority figure central to social organization, and where fathers hold authority over women, children, and property. It implies the institutions of male rule and privilege, and entails female subordination. Many patriarchal societies are also patrilineal, meaning that property and title are inherited by the male lineage. The female equivalent is matriarchy.

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Patriarchy (anthropology) - Biological Vs. Social Theories
... Most sociologists reject predominantly biological explanations of patriarchy and contend that social and cultural conditioning is primarily responsible for establishing male and female gender roles ... According to standard sociological theory, patriarchy is the result of sociological constructions that are passed down from generation to generation ... Biologist Richard Lewontin asserts that patriarchy persists through social and political reasons rather than purely scientific reasons ...
Patriarchy (anthropology)
... Patriarchy (rule by fathers) is a social system in which the male is the primary authority figure central to social organization and the central roles of political leadership, moral authority, and ... Historically, patriarchy has manifested itself in the social, legal, political, and economic organization of a range of different cultures ...
Patriarchy - Psychoanalytic Theories
... Although the term patriarchy is loosely used to stand for 'male domination', as has been pointed out above, it more crucially means - as others have stated here "The rule of The Father" ... So patriarchy does not refer to a simple binary pattern of male power over women, but power exerted more complexly by age as well as gender, and by older men over women ... Some of these younger men may inherit and therefore have a stake in patriarchy's continuing conventions ...
Capitalist Patriarchy And The Case For Socialist Feminism
... Capitalist Patriarchy and the Case for Socialist Feminism was a collection of essays assembled and anthologized by Zillah R ... can combine with a feminist analysis of patriarchy to produce a theory of how gender and class intersect as systems of inequality." "Eisenstein defines the ...
The Rain God - Patriarchy
... Miguel Grande – Lola Their relationship differs a lot from his marriage He recognizes Lola as an equal at least in bed, he is very attentive to her needs and she alone gets away with belittling him in front of other without having him retreat into hurt masculine pride ... Although this relationship was just a love affair at the beginning, he falls in love with Lola and feels like he cannot live without her ...

Famous quotes containing the word patriarchy:

    ... patriarchy creates megapatterns that affect us all—even as we forge different individual choices within them—just as do the megapatterns of nationalism or racism.
    Gloria Steinem (b. 1934)

    The obvious parallels between Star Wars and The Wizard of Oz have frequently been noted: in both there is the orphan hero who is raised on a farm by an aunt and uncle and yearns to escape to adventure. Obi-wan Kenobi resembles the Wizard; the loyal, plucky little robot R2D2 is Toto; C3PO is the Tin Man; and Chewbacca is the Cowardly Lion. Darth Vader replaces the Wicked Witch: this is a patriarchy rather than a matriarchy.
    Andrew Gordon, U.S. educator, critic. “The Inescapable Family in American Science Fiction and Fantasy Films,” Journal of Popular Film and Television (Summer 1992)