The Federalist: The Patriarchy Has Been Replaced By A Stifling Matriarchy
Instead of skirt lengths and eye-shadow hues, the matriarchy suggests harmful intellectual trends that we scarcely know are being dictated to us through every possible avenue
By Carrie Gress, Ph.D.
There is nothing like a natural disaster to clarify what is important and true in life. Plenty of ink is spilling over the “toxic masculinity” that came to the rescue in Houston and how these heroes with their trucks, boats, guns, and brawn saved thousands of people from rising waters.
But why did it take a storm of biblical proportions to help clear the cobwebs out of our collective minds about the gifts men have? The answer is in the power of marketing, particularly to the fairer sex.
Women have a tendency to look to other women for ideas. We applaud this in the multi-billion-dollar fashion industry and entrust most of our wardrobe and fashion choices to whatever is trending. In the movie “The Devil Wears Prada,” fashion mogul Miranda Priestly (Meryl Streep) breaks in her idealistic new assistant, Andy Sachs (Anne Hathaway), who dreams of doing something more important than matching skirts with sweaters. When Miranda catches Andy smirking at serious chatter over denim skirts, Miranda unloads: