patriarchy rewires the body

patriarchy, like all systems of oppression, removes sensation from the body. the primary mechanism by which it does this is violence. it is primarily physical violence but emotional harm via shame and rejection/exclusion/punishment are also used.

the general pattern i have observed looks like this:

i believe this mechanism is the primary reason why people socialized as men are so bad at noticing our emotions and also terrible at taking care of our bodies. we have literally had the original, natural sensations removed or rewired.

as a little boy, here are some ways i experienced or observed this (often to younger people from older people, but not exclusively):

[to be continued…]

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