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Angela Saini:

The Patriarchs

‘The origins of patriarchy are not just in the past, they’re right now. They’re happening in the U.S around abortion rights, in Poland around abortion rights. In Afghanistan and Iran. This isn’t patriarchy resurrected, this is patriarchy reinvented for the 21st century’ – Angela Saini.

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In her latest book The Patriarchs: How Men Came to Rule, award-winning science journalist Angela Saini explores the science and history of male dominance, arguing that patriarchy is neither natural nor inevitable, but rather a fragile system that is constantly remade and reasserted.

Saini joined Karen Pickering for a bold conversation interrogating why, how and where patriarchy manifests and persists. She discussed the ways patriarchies are established and evolve over time, explored matrilineal systems that have been subverted by colonialism, and looked beyond old narratives to understand why the patriarchy persists today.


This event was presented in partnership with the Victorian Women’s Trust.

It was recorded on Tuesday 15 August 2023 at the Wheeler Centre.

The bookseller for this event was Readings.

Featured music was Different Days by Chill Cole.

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