The AQA and Edexcel specifications focus on debates about the nature of feminism, core feminist values and feminist ideas and thinkers.
A patriarchy is a society in which men wield the power over political, economic and social life. Male control of these spheres has existed across generations, making it entrenched and hard to alter, not least because just as men are empowered within patriarchal societies, so women are disempowered. Indeed, even women in patriarchal societies often see male control as natural and right, rather than as something that needs to be changed.
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