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Sat Feb 16, 2013, 06:53 AM

Ensler thread has me asking again: Why do so many women passively accept patriarchy? And more! [View all]

Of course in many parts of the world women do not passively accept patriarchy, because if they take off that veil they will literally be killed. That's an active and overt enforcement of patriarchy, and the women are trapped in a nightmare. Of course things are different here in the "west" now...but how much?

Many years ago I decided that gender is mostly a function of society. Our attitudes about sex and supposed binary opposite roles have been passed down to us through millennia of history, but by action and word enshrined as culture and tradition, not by DNA.

Despite this, my life in the USA has left me little doubt that the average man and the average woman are comfortable with traditional gender roles and accept them as being basically natural. Given that in many obvious ways the female's role is subordinate to the male's, why do so many women accept these roles without an argument, let alone a fight?

Even as a man it's always seemed obvious to me that any person could (or should?) be "driven to the point of madness" by patriarchal cultures' assumption that women are objects to be pursued and possessed by the fully human men. But relatively few of the women I've met in my life have expressed any such sentiment, and even fewer take substantial action in response (though I must admit that minority includes most of my favorite women ).

Are the women who do not protest patriarchy bad women? I would judge them misguided, not good or bad.

Are they in favor of rape?

Wait, did I really just ask that?

Is anyone going to take this broad post personally?

Well, isn't it about people?

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