Patriarchy is alive and well in 2016. Let’s head over to the Olympics – Exhibit 1:

 

 Oh, look who owns her. Her position of 'wife' is obviously relevant information as to HER Olympic achievement.

Oh, look who owns her. Her position of ‘wife’ is obviously relevant information as to HER Olympic achievement.

Ooookay.  Maybe this is just a fluke this isn’t a implicit patriarchal norm – we just need to find all the stories that mention a man’s status as “husband” first then his achievement… (good luck with that).

Surely in swimming it must not be the case:

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Ah, because the man-stroke is the only stroke that could possibly be responsible for her achievement. Not her ability, her talent, her fucking grit – nope nope nope – manstroke for the winz.

 

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Seeing a pattern here? The systematic denial of female agency and achievement – and attributing said achievement to a man. Feeling the 2016 equality yet?

 

 May well be, if you happen to be female and good at something. :/

May as well be, if you happen to be female and good at something. :/

“Oh Arb!” says my skeptical male readership,  “These are just rare incidences and are in the realm of sports – sports are known for their male bias you shouldn’t be making hasty generalizations about society based of a few sports clips.”

 

Maybe popular magazine covers?

Apparently only the male face is appropriate for Magazine covers, females though, as long as you are almost naked, then you are allowed to have a head.

Apparently only the male face is appropriate for Magazine covers, females though, as long as you are almost naked, then you are allowed to have a head.

Nope…popular magazine are still all-a-board the patriarchy bus.

 

Okay dudes, lets change the channel, how about leadership of the Western Free World?  Certainly the framing of female success through the patriarchal lens won’t happen here!  (oh wait…)

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Correction – First female to win the nomination to be president of the US. What do the papers record – her husband at HER nomination victory.  I can’t wait to see the pictures if HRC wins the presidency, more pictures of Bill?

 

Yeah, sooooooo…  When you hear people (mostly dudes) prattle on about society becoming a matriarchy or that we’ve achieved equality, kindly refer them to this post and maybe help explain to them that their cluelessness is really quite embarrassing.

Why is it hard for women to achieve in our society?  Partially because of the systemic shit like this that denies women their role models and examples of success – you can’t be it, if you don’t see it.  So let’s not discount effective feminism and the work that still needs to be done by radical organized groups of females working together to dismantle the patriarchal superstructure that harms women and men.

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