‘Andour sons must become men- such men as we hope our daughters, born and unborn,will be pleased to live among’.
“Man Child….” By Audre Lorde. Lorde preached ofequality, feminism and patriarchy in most of her works. Patriarchy is a social set up where the maleholds the ultimate power and decision-making authority over the rest in histerritory.
The male holds power over the female and children in every aspect.In some cases of patriarchy, the male holds all rights even to property:passing it on from one generation to the other through male dominance. Women have been victims of patriarchyfor a long time. Patriarchy brings about such cases as imbalanced educationrepresentation among women, violence either physically or mentally, lack ofpower on decision-making and violation of some of their human rights. Lack ofeducation keeps women in the set up in bondage mentally.
Many cases of violencehave been recorded that the man figure was only ‘trying to make things right’.This lowers the self-esteem of our women, making them gullible to fear anddepression. Lack of voice leaves women in a patriarchic representation with nopower to represent themselves, thus taking away their right to make decisionson their own. Men too get a fair share of negativeeffects felt by the women when it comes to patriarchy.
The man, in his conquestof dominance is no longer seen as a human being but by his sexuality. Since allhe entails is power and voice, he is no longer viewed as an interactive bodybut as a dominant figure to be revered at all times. The man is forced toaccept certain roles in the set up whether he likes it or not. It is apredestined path that not all men might be comfortable with but cannot forfeittaking it regardless. Patriarchy does nothing to feed the soul. It takes:leaving the man hollow with no relationships but only those forged and forcedupon others.