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Kamla Bhasin What Is Patriarchy Pdf Download

Kamla Bhasin What Is Patriarchy Pdf Download

Kamla Bhasin is a renowned feminist activist, poet, author and social scientist from India. She has been working on gender issues, human development and media for over four decades. She is the founder of Sangat, a South Asian feminist network, and the co-founder of Jagori, a women's resource centre. She is also the South Asian coordinator of the One Billion Rising campaign, a global movement to end violence against women and girls.

One of her most influential works is a booklet titled What is Patriarchy?, which was first published in 1993 by Kali for Women, a feminist publishing house in New Delhi. The booklet aims to explain the concept of patriarchy, its origin, its manifestations and its impact on women's lives. It also provides some suggestions for challenging and transforming patriarchal structures and practices.


The booklet is written in a simple and accessible language, using examples from everyday life and popular culture. It addresses some common questions and myths about patriarchy, such as:

  • Is patriarchy natural or social?

  • Is patriarchy the same as male domination?

  • Is patriarchy only a problem for women?

  • Is patriarchy uniform or diverse?

  • Is patriarchy inevitable or changeable?

The booklet also explores the various forms of discrimination, oppression and violence that women face under patriarchy, such as:

  • Son preference and female infanticide

  • Unequal distribution of food, education and health care

  • Domestic work and unpaid labor

  • Lack of freedom and mobility

  • Domestic violence and sexual harassment

  • No control over fertility or reproductive rights

  • Lack of inheritance or property rights

The booklet also discusses the role of religion, culture, media and law in perpetuating and legitimizing patriarchy. It argues that patriarchy is not a static or monolithic system, but a dynamic and diverse one that adapts to different contexts and times. It also acknowledges the resistance and agency of women who have challenged patriarchy in various ways, individually and collectively.

The booklet concludes with a call for action to create a more egalitarian and democratic society that respects the rights and dignity of all people, regardless of their gender, caste, class, race, religion or sexuality. It suggests some strategies for changing patriarchal mindsets and behaviors, such as:

  • Raising awareness and consciousness about patriarchy

  • Building solidarity and alliances among women and men who oppose patriarchy

  • Organizing campaigns and movements for women's rights and empowerment

  • Reforming laws and policies that discriminate against women

  • Challenging stereotypes and biases in media and culture

  • Celebrating diversity and pluralism in society

The booklet is available for free download from the website of Participatory Research in Asia, an organization that works on participatory development, citizenship education and social change. The booklet is also available in Hindi and Urdu languages.

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