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In gender politics
In gender politics the word patriarchy refers to any form of social power given disproportionately to men. Many construe this to mean a gender hierarchy in which men dominate or exploit women, but that doesn't need to be the case.

Feminist View
Many feminist writers have considered patriarchy to be the basis on which most modern societies have been formed. They argue that it is necessary and desirable to get away from this model in order to achieve gender equality.

Critics of Feminist View
Some critics argue that these writers are oversimplifying the complexities of society, or that such gender roles are not necessarily harmful. These critics would also argue that this theory ignores that even in highly patriarchal societies, there are areas in which women enjoy significant benefits, such as being the first on lifeboats whenever a passenger liner begins to sink. They would also argue that feminist theories of Patriarchy rarely pass the self-consistency test required of accepted scientific principles as they attack male privileges as patriarchal but defend female privileges as necessary in a patriarchical world. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patriarchy#In_gender_politics [Jul 2005]

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My Father is Coming (1991) - Monika Treut

  1. My Father is Coming (1991) - Monika Treut [Amazon.com]
    Vicky works as a waitress and dreams of stardom, but her hopes are continually dashed by disastrous auditions and an unconquerable German accent. Her world threatens to disintegrate when she learns of the impending visit of her father, lured by stories of his daughter's success in America. Vicky's attempts to dissimulate include concealing her job and inducing gay roommate Ben to pose as her husband. Bavarian sausage-smuggling Hans, Vicky's father, arrives and encounters an exotic subculture of gender-benders, fakirs (Fakir Musafar), and, most of all, ex-porn queen Annie Sprinkle (playing herself), leading to discovery and adventure for both father and daughter.

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