there's this strange thing that's happened where patriarchy has become regarded as synonymous with "male supremacy." certainly (white, gender conforming) masculinities maintain structural power, but patriarchy is much more totalizing than just "male supremacy."

patriarchy is the institutionalization and policing of the gender binary. patriarchy is the very creation of this thing called "male" and this thing called "female" which must always exist as mutual exclusive and oppositional states of being. patriarchy is the mandate that gender is required for personhood, respect, and citizenship. patriarchy is the denigration of femininities across gender experiences. and so much more!

a simple equation of patriarchy = male supremacy does not actually capture what's actually going on and continues to invisbilize the experiences of gender non-conforming people who experience the brunt of patriarchal violence.

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