pa·​tri·​ar·​chal | \ ˌpā-trē-ˈär-kəl \

Definition of patriarchal

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

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This patriarchal vision of society was reinforced during colonialism, under German and Belgian rule until Independence in 1961, in particular under the influence of the Catholic Church. Caterina Clerici & Eléonore Hamelin, Marie Claire, "Rwanda's Future Is Female," 1 Feb. 2019 Unfortunately this humor dilutes his more serious observations of patriarchal culture and makes the women's mission to overthrow it seem almost a joke. Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader, "Lesbian revolutionaries smash sexual taboos to undermine the patriarchy in Bruce LaBruce's The Misandrists," 6 July 2018 From the terminology down to the culture, football, with its macho ethos and often militaristic structure is inescapably patriarchal. Jayda Evans, The Seattle Times, "A battle for respect, then in the trenches: For Newport’s Jenna Martz, football is feminism," 26 Oct. 2018 By examining their own experiences in a largely patriarchal world, the women laid bare everyday indignities, like being forced do most of the housework, as well as cultural myths and falsehoods about female sexuality. Stacy Cowley,, "Anne Forer Pyne, a Feminist Who Opened Eyes, Dies at 72," 31 Mar. 2018 What was McDormand, an outspoken feminist, doing publicly embracing this decidedly patriarchal viewpoint? Jill Gleeson, Good Housekeeping, "Menopause Doesn't Make Me Invisible," 5 Oct. 2018 New York Times Patriarchy Meet females who are forced to live their lives as men and be sworn virgins in this fascinating investigation of Albanian culture and the patriarchal confines of property inheritance. Lauren Le Vine, Redbook, "What Else: A Brand-New Shocking Stat About Women and Money," 27 Mar. 2013 John Stanislaus—the only out-and-out reprehensible father in this patriarchal trinity—was also a violent drunk. Maureen Corrigan, WSJ, "‘Mad, Bad, Dangerous to Know’ Review: Prodigal Fathers, Difficult Sons," 25 Oct. 2018 Because of the patriarchal history of research (read: men did most of the research, so most research revolves around men), there isn’t a ton of data out there on women and their livelihoods, including their sexuality. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "The "Wonderful Weirdness" of Female Sexuality," 23 Oct. 2018

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15th century, in the meaning defined above

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