“I find the term patriarchy to be unhelpful in conversations about American power dynamics.

The concept, to me, is that in a very recent past, in a very generalized way, power was predominately held by men, not women. In the state, in the home, in the public sphere. This power was in the ability to control their financial situation, making decisions *for* the women in their lives, and their ability to more easily achieve a level of autonomy due to the state’s recognition of their achievements and assets as their own.”

Read more over at Cathy Reisenwitz, where she quoted a comment I made in a thread.