When we engage patriarchy as heritage we need to engage with resistance to oppression of women as well. Patriarchy ought to be on the defensive.
We are encouraged to treat Heritage Day as an occasion for celebration. Heritage refers to inheritance, what has been bequeathed to us by our forebears and also what we transmit to future generations.
Not everything in that legacy ought to be treated in a celebratory mode.
Heritage is complex and evokes a range of controversial questions the status of monuments and individuals in our history, for example, are among many issues that arouse emotions and debate amongst heritage workers and the public.
One cannot simply erase the past, though we should contextualise legacies of oppressors differently from that of the oppressed or those who struggled for freedom.
One legacy that is still very much alive is that of patriarchy. It “belongs” to all population groups in South Africa. Patriarchy literally means rule by men. It manifests itself in domination over women but also in policing the conduct of men.
When we engage patriarchy as heritage we need to engage with resistance to oppression of women as well, and also with men who…
Source : Daily Maverick