QotD: “Patriarchy is a caste system”

Patriarchy is a caste system which takes humans who are born biologically male or female and turns them into the social classes called men and women. Male people are made into men by socialization into masculinity, which is defined by a psychology based on emotional numbness and a dichotomy of self and other. This is also the psychology required by soldiers, which is why we don’t think you can be a peace activist without being a feminist.

Female socialization in patriarchy is a process of psychologically constraining and breaking girls—otherwise known as “grooming”—to create a class of compliant victims. Femininity is a set of behaviors that are, in essence, ritualized submission.

We see nothing in the creation of gender to celebrate or embrace. Patriarchy is a corrupt and brutal arrangement of power, and we want to see it dismantled so that the category of gender no longer exists. This is also our position on race and class. The categories are not natural: they only exist because hierarchical systems of power create them. We want a world of justice and equality, where the material conditions that currently create race, class, and gender have been forever overcome.

Deep Green Resistance


4 responses

  1. Unfortunately, us wo”men” are doomed from the start. Being born female lets us get ready for an entire life time of oppression and abuse. This is true in every country, all over the world. It’s not possible to show me a country in which women are the dominating gender; only in the animal kingdom. Will this ever change? Will us women ever be treated as equals to men?? It’s very, very doubtful. Despite the feminist movement, and us women asking repeatedly for equality, men simply refuse to treat us as pure equals; universally. They do not want to share their power, and want to keep the patriarchy alive and well.

  2. You are absolutely right that men will not give up their power willingly, no dominate group gives up power out of the kindness of their hearts. This is why liberal feminism’s focus on equality with men under the status quo is doomed to failure.

    There are small pockets though, where male dominance is not the norm, I wrote about one here:


  3. Reblogged this on Dead Wild Roses and commented:
    Some sociological analysis to darken your day. :/

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