Saturday, February 05, 2011

It's a funny thing...

...I am aware that, for pretty much all of human history (and before, in all likelihood), women have been treated as second-class citizens at best. That powerful men have made laws and upheld traditions that kept--and continue to keep--women in a subservient condition.

And yet, whenever I hear anyone use the term "patriarchy," I immediately stop taking them seriously.

I feel the same way about the phrase "the male gaze," but I'm less sure whether there's any substance to that or even what, exactly, it's supposed to mean.

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