So much truth.

Graffiti in Galicia, Spain. "Patriarcado nunca más!" [Never/no more patriarchy].

Graffiti in Galicia, Spain. “Patriarcado nunca más!” [Never/no more patriarchy]. Credit: troita_<>, Creative Commons license.

[Trigger warning: abusive families/cultures]

Karen Warren argues that patriarchal society is a dysfunctional system that mirrors the dysfunctional nuclear family. That is, severe abuse in the family continues because the family members learn to regard as “normal.” A victim of abuse may come to see that her abuse is not “normal” when she has contact with less abusive families. Similarly, Warren argues, patriarchal society is a dysfunctional system based on domination and violence. “Dysfunctional systems are often maintained through systematic denial, a failure or inability to see the reality of the situation. This denial need not be conscious, intentional, or malicious; it only needs to be pervasive to be effective.”

—Andrea Smith, Conquest: Sexual Violence and American Indian Genocide