This is perhaps a trippy question, but it’s just out of curiosity, as I am working on a multimedia piece on the subject.
For one friend, she sees patriarchy in her head as this overarching thing, I guess like a dome above, and misogyny/female oppression/objectification etc. as things that rain down and target women/femmes (feminine being perceived as…”weak”). If men aren’t straight up intentionally directing the shit from the sky at women, they’re still mostly indifferent to it. And its like something we have to get out from under the dome, or smash through to get above.
For another, she said it’s like it’s just in this very thick air, and we are walking through it, breathing it, seeking pockets of clean, woman-lead air to break from it, and we are trying to expand those clean pockets, until that’s just what air is.
I’ve heard it described as walls. Or as a surrounding moat.
For me it seems foundational, coming up from and poisoning the ground, and the shitty cultural factors kind of like roots trying to wrap around my ankles and slow me down or even keep me in place. Some women straight up lie on the ground and stop trying.
I am wondering how others here who might be visually-oriented think of patriarchy/misogyny, when they picture it in their minds.