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A New Patriarchy

It is the 21st century we live in, and instead of being the problem-solvers, we have invented special terms and definitions for those problems. The foremost example of it is PATRIARCHY – the greek word meaning the government of parents has taken a stab at all of us. But do we really understand the meaning of patriarchy? I don’t know about you but I have been wrong about the meaning of patriarchy for a very long time.

Men taking decisions regarding women, without any women: Perfect representation of patriarchy

Google states that patriarchy is “A system of society and government in which the father or eldest son is head of the family and descent is reckoned through the male line” but I will agree to disagree with the definition being incomplete. 

I have seen women being bigger supporters of patriarchy than men and men who don’t want to be patriarchal but have to comply with the social norm set up by the “men and women” around them. A 1yr old boy is taught to be the head of the family one day and to be tough on the other hand a 6yrs old girl is taught how to sit properly, not speak loudly or help mom in the kitchen while her elder brother goofs around. The idea of male superiority is often planted by women and not men, the fun part is that the logical explanation for all of this is “Woh Ladka hai”, as if having a Y-chromosome gave them the power to be superior. A woman asking or rather telling another woman to step back and let the man take the lead is the real root of patriarchy. 

Why do Aadhaar cards or PAN cards ask for the father’s or husband’s name and never the mother’s or wife’s name, is it offensive to you being known by your mother’s or wife’s name and it is not just about boys and men but also about women and girls not asking this question. The patriarchy is not just about men being superior but also about women not trying to be superior, and even if one woman tries doing something the other one just pulls her back with the infamous statement “Tum Ladki ho”.

Men alone are not patriarchal but with women.

Harivanshika Aggarwal
Harivanshika Aggarwal
Hello everyone Harivanshika is an everyday voice, trying to explain the world and its rules in her own words. Juggling work and studies, she brings you all her versions of life, science, and social issues to make you think about the smallest details of life and the world we live in.
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