from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A social system in which the father is the head of the family and men have authority over women and children.
- n. A family, community, or society based on this system or governed by men.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A social system in which the father is head of the household, having authority over women and children.
- n. A system of government by males.
- n. The dominance of men in social or cultural systems.
- n. The office of a patriarch; a patriarchate.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The jurisdiction of a patriarch; patriarchship.
- n. Government by a patriarch; patriarchism.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A community or aggregation of related families under the authority and rule of a patriarch or the eldest valid male ascendant.
- n. A system of government by patriarchs.
- n. The community or ecclesiastical province under the jurisdiction of a patriarch.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a form of social organization in which a male is the family head and title is traced through the male line
Can you sing the word 'abortion,' can you sing the word 'patriarchy'--what can you sing and get away with?
Perhaps the term patriarchy - the unequal share of power society accords to men and male concerns - may seem old-fashioned.
Broadly speaking, feminism gathers these structures under the label patriarchy or male dominance.
The ultimate ghostly presence, in patriarchy, is the phallus.
Meaning the patriarchy is able to seep in all-inclusive ideology and maintain its superior position.
That husbands, fathers, or sons are never wrong, and must always be right presupposes a perfectionism most men cannot live up to, and betrayal of the patriarchy is always considered the worst betrayal to other men, the one unforgivable sin that cannot be tolerated.
* I think the debate about the feminist implications of feminine appearances is an example of the same sort of discussion where it’s not about economics, and capitalism isn’t the frame-work, but a sexist and misogynist society is I’m not particularly fond of the term patriarchy - reason here.
I am not completely convinced of the "patriarchy is evil" concept, but if the trend continues ... can we build this world into one where gender bias is * eliminated* (and not simply transfer stigma onto the men)?
Way to tear down the patriarchy from the inside, sisters.
No Longer Qivering just had a great article about how patriarchy is bad for men, as well as women.