Another way conventional feminism mirrors the patriarchy is its blindness to internal aggression. The patriarchy, which is distinct from but not unrelated to male dominance, put boys along with girls in highly exploitable situations. The abuses within the Catholic Church are a good example of this. Recently in a Louisville mentorship program there was a case of sexual abuse of a male minor by police officers. If the legal system is an extention of the patriarchy, then so are the status offenses that undermine the agency of minors in general. If the patriarchy is guilty of treating women unfairly, it is also it is also guilty of treating the powerless unfairly. And this is how the patriarchy works, not only by subordinating a gender but by enforcing and capitalizing upon weakness.

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