Patriarchy is the prime obstacle to women s advancement and development. D ANCIENT ISRAEL AS A PATRIARCHAL SOCIETY That ancient Israel was a patriarchal society is clearly depicted in the OT. The exposition of patriarchy and feminism in this thesis points toward the difficulty women experienced in the past, and in many cases still do, in their pursuit for equality in a male dominated society. I was always more interested in challenging patriarchy than my brother was because it was the system that was always leaving me out of the word “patriarchy” in our adult life, when we learned that the script that had determined what we should be, the identities we should make, was based on patriarchal values and beliefs about gender. As presented to us, “the Hebrew Bible is, in many respects, a man’s book … [I]t is a book that was primarily written by men, for men, and about men.”22 The main actors of that book are also predominantly male. men are in control. "3 For me, the concept of Patriarchy includes all the socio-political mechanisms, which I call Patriarchal Institutions, which reproduce and exert male dominance over women. It aimed for an egalitarian society where men and women could be considered equal. patriarchal society takes, whether it is feudal, capitalist or socialist, a sex gender system and a system of economic discrimination operate simultaneously. So it is necessary to understand the system, which keeps women dominated and subordinate, and to unravel its workings in order to work for women s development in a … Mary Daly, Patriarchy, Feminism, Patriarchal male, Patriarchal female, Patriarchal God, Biophilic women. Feminism was a movem ent which began in the 1960’s and it questioned stringent patriarchal norms which discriminated against women. The nature of this control may differ. Key Words: Patriarchy, Gender roles, Masculine, Feminine and Feminism Does society encourage these gender specific roles? It is observed in the literature that the establishment and practice of male dominance over women and children, is a historic process formed by men and women, with the patriarchal family Historical Review of Women’s Role in Patriarchal Model Society of the Spanish Context January 2008 The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences: Annual Review 3(5):201-209 Despite differences in levels of domination the broad principles remain the same, i.e. A patriarchy, from the ancient Greek patriarches, was a society where power was held by and passed down through the elder males.When modern historians and sociologists describe a "patriarchal society," they mean that men hold the positions of power and have more privilege: head of the family unit, leaders of social groups, boss in the workplace, and heads of government. Carole Pateman writes, "The patriarchal construction of the difference between masculinity and femininity is the political difference between freedom and subjection.