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What is a Father? (or 'patriarch')

Roy catchpole

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Oct 31, 2018
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A report in The Times today,

" Britain joined calls yesterday for the head of the United Nations body tackling Aids to resign immediately after a report said that his “defective leadership” had enabled “a culture of harassment, including sexual harassment, bullying, and abuse of power”. Michel Sidibé said last week that he would quit as the executive director of UNAids in June after the independent report, commissioned by the organisation, criticised his “patriarchal management style”. The Department for International Development said: “It is now time that people are held to account.”

An interesting set of pre-cooked definitions here.
Why is it asserted that a Patriarch = 'A sexual harasser, a bully, an abuser of power.'

Er, what false feminist lavatory did this come from?

In my understanding a patriarch is a person who is male and is a father. Sometimes it may refer to the father (or fathers) of a nation, as in the Old Testament stories.

A patriarch may be a good person who cares for his family and protects and defends them with his life. Why is it always assumed that a father if a bad person who sexually assaults his family, bullies them, and abuses the power that he has been given?

The real problem here is misandry. But that's OK, because these are men, not women, and we all know what bad people men are...


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Oct 29, 2018
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Patriarchy as a word, comes from the ancient usage - and it is much more to do with wealth and class than simple gender.
male slaves could never be described as patriarchal...
This modern definition is worrying I agree - but the noun - a patriarch... well this is a modern US dictionary definition:


not much to support the modern Feminist myth-maker there...

here we have Patriarchal in use:


then we have this -
Definition of patriarchy

1: social organization marked by the supremacy of the father in the clan or family, the legal dependence of wives and children, and the reckoning of descent and inheritance in the male line
broadly : control by men of a disproportionately large share of power

2: a society or institution organized according to the principles or practices of patriarchy
For 20 years the country was ruled as a patriarchy.

I still take issue with the word - as Roy does - for patriarchal was never meant to be so entirely negative - but it has been turned into that by people espousing equality but actually being haters of male history and current authority...