What is the Patriarchy?
“Though men benefit from patriarchy, they are also impinged upon by patriarchy.” Ronald F. Levant, EdD, professor emeritus of psychology at the University of Akron.
This empirical statement, made by a doctor of education, raises one major question. What is this patriarchy? It’s spoken of by academics as if its existence were an agreed upon and accepted social theory. It isn’t.
Let’s consult mother dictionary before proceeding.
Patriarchy – : social organization marked by the supremacy of the father in the clan or family, the legal dependence of wives and children, and the reckoning of descent and inheritance in the male line
broadly : control by men of a disproportionately large share of power.
Obviously, the “broadly” part is what is referenced by feminists, scholars, etc… when referencing the term. While agreeing on the definition is easy, accepting it for the purpose of debate is more complex.
Control by men of a disproportionately large share of power.
What is a disproportionately large share of power? Semantics are important. In other words, given the current climate, are men in control of a disproportionately large share of power?
Maybe. For example, as of 2018, 95% of CFO’s at Fortune 500 companies were men.
But what makes something disproportionate in terms of power? Is it simply that men hold the positions? Or does it require that women are discriminated against in pursuit of these positions? Because if all is fair, and this is the outcome, is there a problem?
Are we looking for equality of opportunity or equality of outcome? Because the latter is laughable, impossible, and philosophically unsound. Forcing equality of outcome cannot be achieved while leaving the sovereignty of the individual in tact, or allowing for open competition in a free market capitalist society. It really is that simple.
Why? Because men and women are different. In order to accept this, you must accept the realities of biology and evolution, two sciences not much in vogue in relation to social justice warrior ideology.
Collectivism doesn’t like reality, because reality doesn’t support collectivism.
For many of the same reasons men are more likely to carry out or be the victims of violent crime, be serial killers, or commit suicide, men are more likely, on average, to dominate hierarchies in general. Men have more testosterone, are less agreeable, less averse to risk, are more likely to relocate for a job, and are more likely to work long hours. But God forbid nuance provides explanation for sweeping generalizations and Utopian ideologies.
Burdens of proof lie on the claimant. If there really is an unjust patriarchy in place, and we’re gonna do anything about it at a societal level, there has to be a legitimate discourse. Until a strong case for not just a patriarchy, but an inherently corrupt and unjust patriarchy is made, then there are plenty of other fires we can tend to collectively.
What is the patriarchy?