chapter  3
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Why Are Men Unhappy in Patriarchy?

ByTeresa Donati Marciano

Patriarchy is, by definition, a system promoting the higher status and privilege of men against women. The system as it is speaks to and for dominant male groups against all women and against selected aspects of subordinate male groups . In all cultures, what­ ever the value on women and women's productive or reproductive capacities, men's existence and work is regarded as more honorable and more important (see Ortner, 1 974) .