Patriarchal Society Between Women And Women

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Patriarchal describes a general structure in which men hold power over women. A patriarchal society consists of a male-dominated power structure throughout organised society and in individual relationships. A patriarchy, from the ancient Greek patriarchies, was a society where power was held by and passed down through elder males. When modern historians and sociologists describe ‘patriarchal society’, they mean that men hold the positions of power: for example- head of the family unit, leaders of social groups, boss in the workplace and heads of government etc.

Feminist theorists have expanded this definition of the patriarchal society to describe a systematic bias against women. As second-wave feminists examined society during the 1960’s, they did observe households headed by women, and female leaders etc. However, they were concerned with whether or not this was uncommon. More significantly, they were concerned with the way society perceived women in power as an exception to a collectively held view of women’s ‘role’ in society.
Rather than saying that individual men oppressed women, most feminists saw that the oppression of women came from the underlying bias of a patriarchal society. It is a concept designed by the radical second-wave feminists who define it as “a system of social structures, and practices in which men dominate, oppress and exploit women” (Wolby, 1990). This use of the concept of patriarchy has enabled the development of some of the most significant…
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