What is Patriarchy? One starting point for thinking about feminist activity is coming to a consensus about what the term "patriarchy" means. A useful definition is provided by Chris Weedon.
''pA TRIARCHAL REFERS TO POWER RELATIONS IN WHICH WOMEN's INTERESTS
ARE SUBORDINATED TO THE
INTERESTS OF MEN. "
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"THESE POWER RELATIONS TAKE ON MANY FORMS, FROM THE SEXUAL DIVISION OF LABOUR AND THE SOCIAL ORGANIZA TJON OF PROCREA TJON TO THE INTERNALIZED
NORMS OF FEMININITY BY
WHICH WE LIVE. ,,
''pATRIARCHAL POWER RESTS ON SOCIAL GIVEN TO BIOLOGICAL SEXUAL ,-,
The term "feminism" came into English usage around the 1890s, but I women's conscious struggle to resist discrimination and sexist oppression 4 goes much further back.