Feminism, Radical. 1 : the cause of causes, which alone of all revolutionary causes exposes the basic model and source of all forms of oppression— patriarchy— and thus can open up consciousness to active participation in movement, transcendence, and happiness.
— Mary Daly (WORD-WEB ONE) The Wickedary.
What is Patriarchy?
Patriarchy. 1 : Society manufactured and controlled by males: FATHERLAND; society in which every legitimated institution is entirely in the hands of males and a few selected henchwomen; society characterised by oppression, depression, narcissism, cruelty, racism, classism, ageism, objectification, sadomasochism, necrophilia; joyless society, ruled by Godfather, Son, and company; society fixated on proliferation, propagation, procreation, and bent on the destruction of all life.
2 : the prevailing religion of the entire planet, whose essential message is necrophilia.
—Mary Daly (WORD-WEB ONE) The wickedary.
Patriarchy is the root cause of all oppression, the blueprint for all forms of slavery— free women, free the world.
Who can free women but ourselves? Men can’t free us, even the small amount of men who would support our revolution, having the intelligence to see the need to preserve our world from the worst excesses of male supremacy, will never have the numbers to defeat men as a whole. The great un-chosen will rise in fury and sweep those men away. Women alone have the numbers to stand together and resist, and standing together is what we must re-member how to do. We have been socialised to compete for men but men should compete for the privilege of becoming fathers, and if we group together they will have to do so.
Men may or may not be capable of change, but we are! Change the way women react together, change the way we live alone with men, to living in cluster communities together, and already we have a more women friendly environment. One more important thing we can do is change the way we behave in the subculture, instead of subverting other women to gain male approval, subvert men. Don’t play their games, don’t co-operate when they set up other women; pretend to go along if you have to, then subvert, subvert, subvert. There is space in these ‘behind our backs’ interactions, for women to make great gains at little cost.
Women can change the world.