“The term ‘patriarchy’ literally means ‘the rule of the father’. It has been adopted by the majority of feminist theorists to refer to the way in which societies are structured through male domination over, and oppression of, women. Patriarchy therefore refers to the ways in which material and symbolic resources (including income, wealth and power) are unequally distributed between men and women through such social institutions such as the family, sexuality, the state, the economy, culture and language” (Edgar and Sedgwick 238).


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