The Female Face in Patriarchy: Oppression As Culture by Frances Bernard O'Connor, Becky S. Drury

By Frances Bernard O'Connor, Becky S. Drury

The feminine Face in Patriarchy discusses women's complicity in patriarchal dominance and their position in fostering their very own oppression. This paintings, the results of a two-year examine via Frances O'Connor and Becky Drury concentrating on Brazil and the USA, examines how and why girls are individuals and promoters in their personal oppression within the Roman Catholic Church. utilizing the Church as a version for society ordinarily, the feminine Face in Patriarchy demonstrates how girls, via centuries of conditioning, became either sufferers and perpetrators in their personal oppression and the way their cooperation with, and submission to, patriarchal dominance has been either awake and subconscious. The authors commence via asking difficult questions: How does patriarchy deform a woman's soul? How and why does a lady include patriarchy? What are the ramifications of woman patriarchal habit? Their conclusions are in line with info amassed via countless numbers of private interviews with girls in parish settings and small groups. top Catholic feminists have been interviewed approximately their theories as to why ladies are co-opted through the patriarchal approach. The studies of grassroots sisters and different girls have been in comparison with, and used to both corroborate or refute, the assumptions and theories of major American and Brazilian feminists. ladies are shaped to hold their heads.

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If women want to bring about change in the ways in which power is understood and used, "they must be self-consciously intentional in this task. "4 The task is to move women beyond the fear of admitting they want or need power to an understanding that without it they cannot successfully effect any type of change. "5 The hierarchy understands well the enigma of power. Smith also suggests that women seldom seize the opportunity to employ the intangible ingredients that constitute power: Page 25 Information and knowledge are power.

The interviews provided a vehicle for women to gather and tell their stories. In the process many began to realize what was happening to them and, more importantly, what they were doing to other women. For some, it was very difficult to admit their own oppressive behavior; a few denied that they had ever been oppressed, nor did they acknowledge they had ever oppressed another woman. The examples cited in the following chapters provide a variety of perspectives and insights regarding women's use and misuse of power.

10 One of the reasons why women buy into patriarchy, observed one sister, is because of enculturation and because they'd like a piece of the action, a piece of the power. If they've been stepped on all along and can get a little power, it feels good. When women assume power, they often duplicate the patriarchal model and use their power against other women, since it is the only model they know. Women frequently experienced this kind of power in women principals and administrators who operated in a "man's world" before Vatican II.

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