Academic journal article Journal of Research in Gender Studies

Postpatriarchy

Academic journal article Journal of Research in Gender Studies

Postpatriarchy

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ABSTRACT.

This article points out: "The combination of men and women in families is irrational." Men and women are two different "species." They only require sexual activities from each other, which are considered the less time-consuming activities during their lives. Sex must be treated as an enemy of marriage, due to its inferior and treacherous nature, and should not be included in marriage. Men and women should not live together in a family, since this institution must be understood as a permanent place for all family members and is expected to have a solid structure. The traditional family model is the result of men's enslavement of women and the exaggeration of the role of sex. This model creates an overwhelming advantage for men in selecting partners, proposing marriage, and other family activities. This article indicates: (i) The prominent family models existing between the group-marriage period and now are sex-based family models. (ii) Technical and social conditions nowadays require a new and sustainable base for a family. The selected targets in this study are the consanguineous and sworn relationships among same-sex people in case they choose to be heterosexual, (and in turn, among opposite-sex persons when they engage in homosexuality). For example, a family can consist of two blood brothers (or sworn brothers or cousins) with their children, in case they are heterosexual. This family model is named the non-sex based family (NSBF) model, since the sexual needs will be met outside the family. The article also outlines a post-patriarchal society with the presence of NSBFs, and argues that the new model should be seen as an essential development trend of society.

Keywords: same sex marriage; sexuality; patriarchy; gender inequality; family

1. Introduction

Many studies point out that marriage is associated with better health, for both males and females, compared to living alone. Children bom into families with both parents present are shown to develop more preferably than those living with single parents. Humans need to belong to a family for material and moral support and in order to share feelings, views, rights, and duties. The traditional marriage - one wife, one husband - however, has shown its backward and obsolete aspects. Many other forms of marriage, such as polygamy and group marriage have been practiced but the results have not been very significant.

This article indicates the need to separate men and women, and at the same time, separate sex out of the family. It proposes a new family model called the non-sex based family (NSBF). Since the new family form will help to eliminate the patriarchy within a family and to improve human's society structure, the study is therefore entitled "Postpatriarchy."

The article is structured as follows: The second section claims that the traditional family model is an irrational and corrupt institution. In more detail, it points out that including a sexual function in marriage is wrongful, and both sexes can fulfill all other three family functions: sharing, support, and lineage. It particularly emphasizes the fundamental differences between the sexes and the disadvantages of women in typical families. By opposing this form of family, it concurrently criticizes all other cohabiting forms, where men and women live together and sexual activities exist in their union. The third section proposes a new alternative model of family and describes the evolution of marriage and family according to sexual contexts. It also outlines a post-patriarchal society where the new family form presents. The last section shows the prominence of the new model in comparison with other existent family structures, providing answers for foreseen critics and suggesting ideas for future research.

2. Irrationality of Traditional Families

A traditional family in this study is described as the cohabitation of a man and a woman engaging in sexual activities, which may or may not involve children. …

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