Christine Stolba shows why patriarchy is a gal's best friend.
Praise for patriarchy? Surely only a victim of false consciousness would utter such blasphemy. Any sane person with a liberal arts degree knows that patriarchy...has ravaged the talents of women for thousandsof years.
...Since everything to emerge from western civilization bears the stamp of patriarchy, the argument goes, western civilization is inherently suspect.If you think this sounds nutty, then clearly you, dear reader, have fallen prey to patriarchy's wiles...
...One women's studies professor [said]..."If there were no patriarchy, there would be no oppression. If there were no oppression, there would be no need for affirmative action. If there were no affirmative action, we wouldn't be here acting like pigs trying to shoulder each other away from the trough!"
...Patriarchy even serves as a convenient villain for a generation of young women who are some of the wealthiest and best situated on the planet.
Patriarchy--read: western civilization--doesn't deserve this treatment.In fact, it could be argued that it's the best thing that ever happened to women.Read this article on the Women's Quarterly website (new window will open).