• This rule of silence is upheld when the culture refuses everyone easy access even to the word “patriarchy.” Most children do not learn what to call this system of institutionaliz ed gender roles, so rarely do we name it in everyday speech. This silence promotes denial. And how can we organize to challenge and change a system that cannot be named?

    bell hooks (2004). “The Will to Change: Men, Masculinity, and Love”, p.25, Simon and Schuster