pa·​tri·​ar·​chal | \ ˌpā-trē-ˈär-kəl How to pronounce patriarchal (audio) \

Definition of patriarchal

: of, relating to, or being a patriarch or patriarchy a patriarchal culture a patriarchal religion

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Men sending women in (their wives) to carry out their patriarchal bulls- is the worst form of feminist and human betrayal of all time – looking at you Yael and Hailey. Rachel Desantis,, "Demi Lovato, Halsey and More Stars Take Sides After Taylor Swift Slams Scooter Braun for Bullying," 1 July 2019 Many believe that the patriarchal nature of the Romantic language is not inclusive and can’t keep up with societal progress, as explained by this Twitter thread by investigative immigration reporter Aura Bogado. Adrianna Rodriguez, USA TODAY, "'Latinx' explained: A history of the controversial word and how to pronounce it," 29 June 2019 Its stakes — the restoration of Merida’s family and, oh, just her lifelong happiness and ability to be treated with respect in a violently patriarchal society — are as high as ever. Allegra Frank, Vox, "All 21 Pixar movies, definitively ranked," 27 June 2019 But the local activism grouped under the American label of Me Too must be understood as a total rebellion against deeply patriarchal, Confucian structures that, in the digital era, have found cruel new forms. E. Tammy Kim, The New York Review of Books, "#KoreaToo," 7 Mar. 2019 For contemporary audiences, the abuse and sexism within the text are considered far too patriarchal and misogynistic for those up to speed with the #MeToo or #TimesUp movements, or even those who value common decency. Richard Chang,, "‘Shrew!’ flips a problematic play on its head," 15 Mar. 2018 But in patriarchal societies, a father’s voice is perhaps the next most important tool to galvanize change. Ziauddin Yousafzai, Time, "What Being Malala's Father Taught Me About Feminism," 14 June 2019 But then, complicity and privilege in patriarchal society isn’t enough to protect women entirely. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kylie Jenner's Handmaid's Tale Party Sends a Terrifying Message," 12 June 2019 This British drama follows the emotional trajectory of one lifelong female friendship within the confines of a patriarchal society. Hannah Herrera Greenspan,, "Interrobang Theatre Project announces 10th anniversary season," 11 June 2019

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15th century, in the meaning defined above

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