Patriarchy is not limited to men. Patriarchy is not only the control of women by men. And it is not limited to a slave system that enslaves both men and women in a Win-Lose domination game that benefits only 1% of the psychopaths on planet Earth.
Patriarchy is a non-sustainable culture that has been deeply integrated into our foundational structure for thousands of years. The memes of patriarchy have been passed down one generation to another for 6000 years. That is around 240 generations! Getting out of patriarchy requires that day-by-day, moment-to-moment, you put your attention on your attention and notice your intention, your purpose, which part of you is making decisions, and which part of you is observing the decision-making process.
To step outside of patriarchal thought means: Being skeptical toward every known system of thought; being critical of all assumptions, ordering values and definitions. It means testing each statement by trusting your own experience. Since such experience has usually been trivialized or ignored, it means overcoming the deep-seated resistance within ourselves toward accepting ourselves and our knowledge as valid. It means getting rid of the 'great men' in our heads and substituting for them ourselves. It means being critical toward our own thought, which is, after all, thought trained in the patriarchal tradition. Finally, it means developing intellectual courage, the courage to stand alone, the courage to reach farther than our grasp, the courage to risk failure. Perhaps the greatest challenge to escaping the patriarchy is the challenge to move from the desire for safety and approval to the most daring quality of all—that of intellectual arrogance, the supreme hubris which asserts to itself the right to reorder the world. The hubris of the god-makers, the hubris of the male system-builders. It means to take radical responsibility for building the gameworlds you want to live and work within rather than adopting gameworld designs for money, housing, food, transportation, health, communications, spirituality, governance, etc. from the patriarchy.
The system of patriarchy is a historic construct; it has a beginning; it will have an end. Its time seems to have nearly run its course—it no longer serves the needs of men or women and in its inextricable linkage to militarism, hierarchy, and racism it threatens the very existence of life on earth.
What will come after patriarchy? What kind of structure will be the foundation for alternate forms of social organization? We are at the moment of designing, creating, and moving into these. We are living in an age of unprecedented transformation. We are in the process of becoming. We already know that unfettering both female and male minds from patriarchal thoughtware after so many millennia will provide vision, ordering, solutions and unprecedented possibilities... Even Atlantis and Lemuria were patriarchal and hierarchical.
Women at long last are demanding, as men did in the Renaissance, the right to explain, the right to define. Women, thinking themselves out of patriarchy, add transforming insights to the process of redefinition.
As long as both men and women regard the subordination of half the human race to the other, and subordination of both men and women to uninspected social constructs as 'natural,' it is impossible to envision a society in which differences do not connote either dominance or subordination. The archearchal critique of the patriarchal edifice of knowledge is laying the groundwork for a transformed analysis of reality, one which at the very least can distinguish the whole from a part. Women’s History, the essential tool in creating feminist consciousness in women, is providing the body of experience against which new theory can be tested and the ground on which women of vision can stand. The women's liberation movement began in the 1960's. Men are just beginning to wake up. Together we can escape the patriarchy and invent next culture.
Patriarchy is a complex and integral culture rooted in ownership. Patriarchy started when the first man put up fences around a piece of Earth and said: "This piece of land is mine!". The patriarchal culture unfolded from then on. Competition between men then began. Competition and ownership extended beyond land, to wealthy possession, women, children, trees, air, water, animals, human rights, etc.. Men started separating, comparing, judging, criticizing, deciding what is good, what is bad, what is worth life, what is not, who is better, faster, stronger, who should be praised, who should be shamed, ... To hold all of this together, churches, corporations, governments were created. Money, power, and control are the principal values of patriarchy.
The memes of patriarchy are various, numerous, subtle and destructive. They are integrated in your Box and Gremlin as survival strategies.