The Unraveling Knot The complexity of patriarchy as a system Afraid of taking actions Patriarchy appears to be stable and unchangeable but in reality it isn’t.
Major Characteristics Sexist Ideology Principals of control and domination Denial that exist Blame and Guilt
Myth #1“Its always been this way and it always will be”
Characteristics of Myth #1 This will stay the same Everything is in process all the time Stability based on human choice and creativity Feminist movement has brought about much change Change is inevitable Society is fluid
Myth #2The myth of No effect and Gandhi’s Paradox
Characteristics Complex issues Long term changes are made collectively “tree metaphor” Understanding your influence Individuals turn into groups More people the better the change
Taking Action Acknowledge patriarchy exists Understand how it works and our participation Speak out and gather support Question the system Be an example to promote change Dare to make people feel uncomfortable Opposing other principals of domination and control Racism Discrimination