Lately I have been thinking a lot about power, in all its expressions, but particularly in regard to what we call the patriarchy. The tee shirt says “Smash the Patriarchy,” but practically speaking, how would we do that? Is this even an inherently feminist statement? What is the patriarchy, where does it begin and where does it end? The patriarchy is inscrutable, like gravity, and best observed by its effect on its surroundings. The irony, if it is irony, is that feminism mirrors the patriarchy in its response to it. Historically, and currently, feminism as an institution is largely white, liberal, affluent intellectuals or pseudo-intellectuals. It advances the cause of these women, rather than all women, or all people subject to the degradations of patriarchy. Because of this, feminism is a sister to the patriarchy: a sometimes opposing equivalent rather than an opposition.