Patriarchy is a social system that privileges men as primary authority figures in social organizations as well as in political, economical, moral arenas. It implies an institution of ‘male’ rule and privilege, and entails ‘female’ and other genders’ subordination. It operates beyond the individual (e.g. family structures) and into institutions (e.g. ‘male’ Congress members  making policies about ‘female’ bodies) and cultural (e.g. satisfying the white male gaze (audience) as a standard for movies). Supporters of patriarchal ideologies need not be ‘male’ or ‘men.’ For more information: https://decolonizeallthethings.com/learning-tools/patriarchy-gender-lesson-plan/

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