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Patriarchy is a social system in which males hold primary power and predominate in roles of political leadership, moral authority, social privilege, and control of property.


  • If we take a survey of ages and of countries, we shall find the women, almost - without exception - at all times and in all places, adored and oppressed. Man, who has never neglected an opportunity of exerting his power, in paying homage to their beauty, has always availed himself of their weakness He has been at once their tyrant and their slave.
    • Anonymous (attr. Thomas Paine), "Women, Adored and Oppressed" (1775)

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  • The dictionary definition of patriarchy at Wiktionary
  • Encyclopedic article on Patriarchy at Wikipedia
  • Media related to Patriarchy at Wikimedia Commons