May 5, 2008

What a concept! Kyriarchy

Posted in feminism, identity, intersectionality, kyriarchy, language politics, power hierarchy, social justice at 1:06 pm by LB

This is great. I think I might start using this term.

Sudy @ A Womyn’s Ecdysis:

Let me break this down for you. When people talk about patriarchy and then it divulges into a complex conversation about the shifting circles of privilege, power, and domination — they’re talking about kyriarchy. When you talk about power assertion of a White woman over a Brown man, that’s kyriarchy. When you talk about a Black man dominating a Brown womyn, that’s kyriarchy. It’s about the human tendency for everyone trying to take the role of lord/master within a pyramid. At it best heights, studying kyriarchy displays that it’s more than just rich, white Christian men at the tip top and, personally, they’re not the ones I find most dangerous. There’s a helluva lot more people a few levels down the pyramid who are more interested in keeping their place in the structure than to turning the pyramid upside down.

Read her whole post. Please.

h/t Feministe

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