Patriarchy is a social system in which men hold primary power and predominate in roles of political leadership, moral authority, and social privilege. A patriarchal society consists of a male-dominated power structure throughout organized society and in individual relationships. Most contemporary societies are, in practice, patriarchal. Patriarchy is associated with a set of ideas, a patriarchal ideology that acts to explain and justify this dominance and attributes it to inherent natural differences between men and women. Feminist theorists have expanded the definition of patriarchal society to describe a systemic bias against women, and most feminists saw that oppression of women… Read more
A symbol of the Women's Movement or radical feminism, consisting of the astronomical and astrological symbol of the planet Venus, also known as a symbol of the Roman goddess Venus, and the clenched fist, a symbol of the 1960's and early 1970's "power" movements.