I’m reading this book, “The Gender Knot: Unraveling Our Patriarchal Legacy,” by Allan G. Johnson, and I would highly recommend it to anyone wanting to learn about the roots, mechanisms and psychology of patriarchy.
I’m only halfway through with it, and Dr. Johnson’s ideas will require a great deal of thought. However, this is what I’ve surmised so far.
1. Patriarchy, as a system, was created by men for men.
2. At patriarchy’s heart is a vicious cycle of control and fear.
3. Patriarchy oppresses women because it casts them in the role of “other,”–not male, i.e., not full human beings.
It’s enlightening, but it’s scary. How will we, as a society, ever get out of this trap? I have serious doubts that it will occur in my lifetime, but if so, it will be because of thinkers like this, and the books they write, leading the way.