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  • n. A system of "ruling and oppression" in which many people may interact and act as oppressor or oppressed.


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Coined by Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza from Ancient Greek κύριος (kurios, "lord, master") and ἄρχω (arkhō, "to rule, command"), on the model of patriarchy.


  • FAQ: Isn't "the Patriarchy" just some conspiracy theory that blames all men, even decent men, for women's woes? has been edited and modified to include material on the concept of "kyriarchy" and to clarify other issues which were not as well expressed as they could have been back in 2007. the Patriarchy FAQ somewhere on your hard drive that you like to use, it might be a good idea to check whether it's still there before using it again.

    Finally, A Feminism 101 Blog

  • We learned about gender pay equity in one class, and the problems faced by women of color in another -- and the idea that race and gender are both part of the kyriarchy that oppresses everyone but straight, white men remained unexplored.

    Megan Carpentier: A Feminist's U-Turn: A Torrid Tale of Disappointment and Discovery

  • The kyriarchy and power structures that place women with disabilities at a particular disadvantage were there long before feminism.

    What does a (disabled) feminist [poet] look like? « Gender Across Borders

  • Russ isn't blaming men, she's blaming the patriarchy or the kyriarchy.

    And so I begin my Joanna Russ journey

  • And 2 there is nothing that kyriarchy fears more than women becoming truly sexually liberated... except for women in solidarity with each other.

    The Irony of Anti-Sex-Positive Feminist's Arguments

  • In this interview, Tarrant discusses the origins of her new book, the intersection of masculine privilege in kyriarchy, and methods for men hoping to engage in feminist social activism:

    Men and Feminism: An Interview with Shira Tarrant

  • Radfems and SexPos' alike = brainwashed by kyriarchy.

    Archive 2009-08-01

  • They also seem to forget that kyriarchy fears few things more than unconstrained female sexuality.

    Archive 2009-08-01

  • This is the root of the “special knowledge” bell hooks states black folks have of whiteness2; a root shared in divergent manifestations by all bodies oppressed under kyriarchy.

    Archive 2009-03-01

  • In my view, that means also combating oppression based on race, sexual orientation, gender identity, class, disability, and more, both because people facing these oppressions are also women and because I think that all oppression is interconnected see “kyriarchy”.

    Archive 2009-03-01


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  • or 'words I forgot to list when I first encountered them'

    January 8, 2010