Essay about The Continuation Of Patriarchy In Our Culture

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Our culture has created a social system that allows the driving forces of patriarchy to flourish. Although many people may not be purposefully attempting to continue this system of patriarchy, we each play a role in its survival. For many the problem is not that they are promoting patriarchy but that they are not challenging the system. In Johnson’s article “Patriarchy”, he is not examining whether a patriarchal system exists in our culture but what factors are driving this system to continue. The articles analyzed demonstrate Johnson’s theory of patriarchy by exemplifying his three facets of the patriarchal system and by recognizing the notion of the path of least resistance. Johnson argues that patriarchy is made up of more than just …show more content…
This connection with other men is important, and there is a risk of losing masculinity if a man should choose not to participate in homosocial behavior. Even Schwyzer, a pro-feminist thinker, has found himself going along with the banter of his peers out of fear of exclusion. When relationships begin to be formed around ideas that drive patriarchy it becomes very hard to overturn these notions. Although not all male friendships are formed out of objectifying women, homosociality allows connections to be made very quickly among men. This article also shows the fears of taking the “path of resistance”. Men as well as women are apprehensive to go against the group. Deciding not to join in on the homosocial behavior could result in exclusion or ridicule, and often standing your ground is not worth that risk. The connections that are formed around this behavior are one of the many reasons patriarchy continues in our culture. Many men are afraid to go against other men in fear of seeming feminine. This pressure for men to appear masculine is one of the many parts that form the system of patriarchy. Hegemonic masculinity reveals the male-dominance of patriarchy. This term refers to what is considered normal male behavior in our culture. Hegemonic masculinity is characterized by male domination and female subordination. In Michael Messner’s article ”Becoming 100 Percent Straight”, he discusses male’s drive to overcompensate their masculinity out of
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