The Box That Patriarchy Built
Sadaka Tehuti-Ma'at, Jul 09
I would like to put some of my thoughts in written form, as to the nature of thesurroundings that men find themselves in, being a product – beneficiary – and avictim of an androcentric (male centered) society.Much of the thinking presented here is the result of my own personal inquiries,conversations with my wife, Tonya K. Freeman, her research, and informationfrom various media forms which I have been privy to.
There are two important things which must be discussed before-hand. The first isa working definition of patriarchy, and secondly, it's origins.
A Definition Of Patriarchy
Patriarchy has been defined several ways. Probably, as many ways asthere are points of view. However, for the purposes of thispresentation, patriarchy is defined as:
an intentional mind-set, and institution which maliciously heightens the status of man, while at the same time –devaluates the status of woman within a given social order – and maintains these distinctions in varying degreesthroughout the entire culture