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Painting the Patriarchy

A woman can't just walk away from
patriarchy for her power, authority 
and privilege has been cast and 
woven deeply into its bones. Fathers
are in charge of the family, not for 
scientific reasons, only because of 
physical power. Children find their 
mothers cleaning and cooking are
left alone while mother must work.

Women at the bottom of the scale
sink more deeply into the bottom,
while those who strive in the middle 
break legs and arms trying to climb
higher. But, those at the top are very
few and live comfortably striving to 
keep the system just as it is.


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  1. Date: 6/30/2015 3:28:00 PM

    A good painting of the patriarchy. I enjoyed
  1. Date: 6/30/2015 2:33:00 PM

    A great way of describing this crazy system. I think you did a superb job with this one.