Radical Patriarchy: The Negative Effects On The Family

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Firstly, Radical feminists strongly believe that the patriarchy has a negative influence on the family, as they believe that the patriarchy is the reason why women are exploited and oppressed. They believe that this exploitation and oppression can be evidenced in various ways including in the more extreme circumstances the act of domestic violence. They are of the belief that males think that since they are head of the household they are allowed to control their family in a very authoritative or dictatorial like manner. This thinking in turn can lead to domestic violence which may include not only physical abuse but also emotional and psychological abuse as well as financial mistreatment. Studies have shown that in these cases the male is often the one inciting the violence while women and children are the victims of his anger as he seeks to exert his dominant role. These feminists also believe that should a woman attempt to try and gain greater control or power in the household or disobey the man’s wishes then he will be more likely to respond violently and thus further oppress the woman. This behaviour would obviously have a negative effect on families and it would lead to a tense and dangerous environment filled with fear. This can be especially hard on children who would be constantly afraid and thus their mental health may suffer, causing them to drop out of school or even become violent towards others, if they have witnessed violence in the home. In less modern or

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