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If you are a Radical Feminist and want to see the overthrowing of Patriarchy...

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Jazzicatz Sun 14-Nov-10 14:35:09

then in real terms how will we achieve this?

BelleDameSansMerci Sun 14-Nov-10 14:37:14

Does one have to be a radical feminist to want the "overthrow" of patriarchy? Can't I just be a normal feminist with a desire for equality?

Jazzicatz Sun 14-Nov-10 14:39:25

Of course, but radical feminism is more political and looks to overthrow patriarchy, rather than making the status quo more equal through salary for example as in the case of liberal feminists.

BelleDameSansMerci Sun 14-Nov-10 14:48:10

Fair point. What do you think it will take because, in all honesty, I don't see how it can be done without extreme violence (which I would never condone).

wukter Sun 14-Nov-10 15:23:32

Ok long post went poof. Briefly I don't think violence would work as you'd still have a patriarchy of the mind. It's the old Attitudes Need To Change thing.
So I'm stumped

dittany Sun 14-Nov-10 16:07:14

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KerryMumbles Sun 14-Nov-10 16:09:25

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BelleDameSansMerci Sun 14-Nov-10 16:14:25

dittany and wukter as usual you manage to articulate some sort of nebulous thought I have lurking about what passes for a brain these days. I couldn't find the right way to say that I thought "overthrow" would take ages, etc. Couldn't see a way to do it quickly.

I wonder sometimes if I should stay off this topic or at least think before I type!

sethstarkaddersmum Sun 14-Nov-10 16:16:50

LOL Kerry.
Why don't you join us? You don't have to wear dungarees, you can be a secret agent if you like.

Jazzicatz Sun 14-Nov-10 16:27:39

I sadly think if we are waiting for it to be done through peaceful means then we will never see patriarchy overthrown. I have to say I believe Marx is right in that its about conflict and we need revolution to overthrow the oppressor (obviously Marx was talking class issues, but I think the same applies)

dittany Sun 14-Nov-10 16:27:51

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anastaisia Sun 14-Nov-10 16:58:40

In a feminist revolution - what would need to be done to prevent it simply being a case of different people moving to the top of the pile but there still being huge imbalances of power?

Jazzicatz Sun 14-Nov-10 17:15:27

That's why I think this type of discussion needs to be had. How would this new world look, how would it be run? If we are talking about a political overthrowing of patriarchy, what would our brave new world look like?

KerryMumbles Sun 14-Nov-10 17:33:05

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sethstarkaddersmum Sun 14-Nov-10 18:26:12

the modern feminist movement meets in lovely coffeeshops with squishy armchairs, actually, Kerry.
it's a useful camouflage technique. They think we are just a bunch of mums meeting to talk about cakes.

Bue Sun 14-Nov-10 18:51:58

Can I just say I think it's brilliant that you can come on MN and one of the topics is, "Right, how are we going to overthrow the patriarchy?" grin

Unfortunately it won't be overthrown in my lifetime. I think it can only be made more acceptable to live within. (I know, I'm such a downer. I'll leave now.)

KerryMumbles Sun 14-Nov-10 19:35:11

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KerryMumbles Sun 14-Nov-10 19:35:33

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wukter Sun 14-Nov-10 19:45:09

No, it probably won't be overthrown, as such. But maybe it'll shift by degrees so it's not a patriarchy any more.

Maybe mothers will change the world in the way we bring up our Dc, eventually.

To borrow Mary Robinson's phrase 'the hand that shook the cradle, shook the system'

(Mary Robinson = Irish feminist, first female president of ireland in 1990, and now UN Human rights type person) That was her victory slogan in 1990.
dashing off again, sorry

wukter Sun 14-Nov-10 19:46:48

i thin k the patriarchy would be overthrown a lot quicker if the revolutionaries' husbands did a bit more childcare, any way bye!

vesuvia Sun 14-Nov-10 20:03:22

KerryMumbles wrote "there are matriarchies in the world though aren't there?"


Lio Mon 15-Nov-10 13:05:54

I think talking about sexism is a good start, otherwise people don't even notice it's happening. For example, dh's mum talks to me, not dh, about what to get the children for Christmas. So does his brother's wife. Why is this normal?

TheFeministParent Mon 15-Nov-10 16:50:05

I would love to see child bearing people of all ages treated the same, for starters. child bearing seems to be the biggest stumbling block in a society constructed by men.

Lio Tue 16-Nov-10 10:41:58

Yes, maybe if there were another phrase that didn't make it woman-centric, i.e. avoiding the 'bearing' bit, thereby acknowledging that men become parents too.

TheFeministParent Tue 16-Nov-10 11:14:12

Child rearing/raising?

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