Feminism : The Patriarchy And Masculinity

1273 Words May 14th, 2016 6 Pages
The patriarchy does not exist—in 21st Century America. As defined by Merriam-Webster, patriarchy is “[any] social organization marked by supremacy of…men”. From the depths of a bygone patriarchal society, feminist jurisprudence emerged in an attempt to rectify the harms that resulted from such a system. Modern feminist jurisprudence theorists, such as Patricia Smith, have redefined patriarchy to be inclusive of gender identity (masculinity and femininity), yet the original implication of patriarchy relied on gender roles and a fixed gender binary. These theorists have argued that the patriarchy harms both men and women, as feminine men are ostracized for not fulfilling the role of an alpha male—a male who tends to be hyper-masculine. This belief that femininity and masculinity must align to the biological sex of an individual has been acknowledged by the term, “heteronormativity.” Despite the distinct meanings of “patriarchy” and “heteronormativity,” feminists have fought to end the inequality of all individuals, regardless of their gender identity. Unfortunately, the ideals of feminist theorists have been improperly translated and implemented. Many have taken the idea of oppression to mean that women are the sole victims when this is clearly not the case. Due to this fallacy, there are many misconceptions regarding the gender wage gap, education, and domestic violence—which are only a few examples that will be expanded upon in this paper. The biggest and most…
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