Individuals don’t behave in a vacuum - everything about us takes shape in relation to social contexts larger than ourselves. As such, our perceptions, thoughts, feelings, and behavior are neither self-contained nor simply “out there” in society. Rather, they emerge through and reflect our participation in patriarchal society. If we ignore this, then we perpetuate the status quo by focusing on the individual manifestations of social forces while ignoring the social forces themselves. And that is one reason why an individualistic approach serves patriarchal and other status quo interests so well.
Allan G. Johnson (via wretchedoftheearth)

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