I Don’t Support Patriarchy

This is dedicated to my LGB friends and allies who are getting shouted down on social media for wishing a happy pride day to LGB friends without mentioning the “T.”

Women don’t have to support patriarchy.

I don’t support any philosophy that enshrines harmful gender stereotypes and rejects gender nonconformity. Such a philosophy is a patriarchal one.

I don’t support it when it comes from right-wingers or Christians who say, “You’re right, patriarchy, men don’t wear dresses, so men should stop wearing dresses and put on some manly clothes.”

And I also don’t support it when it comes from liberals who say “You’re right, patriarchy, men don’t wear dresses, so a man in a dress is actually a woman.”

Yes, it’s important. And no, we women don’t owe support to this philosophy, no matter how many progressive clothes it tries to dress itself up in and no matter how many bullies yell at us for not supporting it.

It would not be the first time men yelled at women for not supporting patriarchy.