“Patriarchy as a system has denied males access to full emotional well-being, which is not the same as feeling rewarded, successful, or powerful because of one’s capacity to assert control over others. To truly address male pain and male crisis we must as a nation be willing to expose the harsh reality that patriarchy has damaged men in the past and continues to damage them in the present. If patriarchy were truly rewarding to men, the violence and addiction in family life that is so all-pervasive would not exist.”
Understanding Patriarchy August 21, 2016
Mandy Nolan’s Soap Box September 26, 2013
Tags: activism, Humour, indigenous affairs, Politics, sarcasm, women's affairs
A wryly sarcastic, humorous and politically apt observation of our current state of affairs in Australia.
Pure gold and well done Mandy, I admire you greatly.
We Stand with Deep Green Resistance June 4, 2013
Powerful and extremely insightful piece, I will be be following with great interest.
I particularly liked what was said concerning the word ‘femininity’.
“What of femininity? Femininity is a set of behaviors that are in essence ritualized submission. Female socialization is a process of psychologically constraining and breaking girls—otherwise known as “grooming”—to create a class of compliant victims. Across history this breaking has including so-called “beauty practices” like FGM (female genital mutilation) and footbinding as well as ubiquitous child sexual abuse. Femininity is really just the traumatized psyche displaying acquiescence.”
It’s long been my opinion that ‘femininity’ and indeed ‘machismo’ were a perversion of true self. A kind of knee jerk reaction within a person’s psyche to our cultural socialization.
So much more to say but it’s so very big and powerful, I will let you read and decide for yourselves.