A social system in which the father is the head of the family and men have authority over women and children.(noun)
A family, community, or society based on this system or governed by men.(noun)
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Use "patriarchy" in a sentence
"Can you sing the word 'abortion,' can you sing the word 'patriarchy'--what can you sing and get away with?"
"Perhaps the term patriarchy - the unequal share of power society accords to men and male concerns - may seem old-fashioned."
"Broadly speaking, feminism gathers these structures under the label patriarchy or male dominance."