September 28, 2019

September Shortlist – Is there life beyond patriarchy?

Julie Barker

Word documentThe Mensch, the misunderstood and the malignant., 2019

This reflection on three generations of men explores how patriarchy operates as a continuum. It begins as a benign force which is largely positive and then descends into malignancy and culminates as a chaotic, violent mess. Told from a female perspective which aims to recollect and understand rather than judge the intention of this essay is to get beneath the skin of why men become violent. It also asks how we as a human collective can redefine what it means to be a ‘real man.’