I do understand that it’s not meant to refer to specific people per se, rather an institution that perpetuates itself and its values;
I do understand that it supposedly perpetuates its value system through smaller institutions and framework, social standards and interpersonal expectations;
I do understand that the implications of this system are essentially that those outside of the ruling class have not had an experience of self determination nor appreciation of, or representation of self interest in their day to day affairs;
I do not understand why people seem to think that the patriarchy would be self aware or identifiable - aka ‘this is the patriarchy’, as a noun if you will;
I do not understand why it would be intentionally malicious (rather than subconsciously or anecdotally discriminatory or alienating to outsiders);
I do not understand why it would be referred to as the patriarchy per se? I understand patriarchal families and institutions dominated at least our recent history, but this was not universally the case for oppressive structures. I feel it is a misnomer that implies other structures of society would have been less oppressive, or linking oppression/domination to masculinity ?? Not trying to sound super MRA here, sorry if I am.
If you can help me understand, I welcome your commentary.
I apologise if I have simply proven myself ignorant beyond words. (Isn’t it telling that we (especially you) feel the need to add this to our political posts? Surely it should be self evident to any onlooker that you are simply honestly pursing knowledge and that any mistakes are purely accidental.)
I think the ‘The’ comes from the idea that it is universal to men. Think of how so many of these concepts are supposed to work. All straight people are homophobic, all whites are racist, ect, because these groups perpetuate and benefit from the system. Once you can be identified as one of these ‘rulers’ you are a part of a club and the members can be refereed to by the club name. So I assume ‘The’ patriarchy refers to the demographic of men. This might also be why it is seen as a malicious; if it is a thing that exists because of its members then its members must be motivated to achieve its ends (in this case the oppression of women).
I’m biases but it might be possible that it is seen as the main oppressive force because of a simple need for an identifiable enemy. It is easy to accept that your demographic has been maliciously and systematically oppressed by the other then to believe that it was simply due to the complexity of humans, culture and history and things just happened to turn out that way. In reality ‘the patriarchy’ is a terrible term to describe the immense complexity of society.
*So the idea that its not suppose to be a specific group is not reflective in the way people talk about it.