Typhon blue, who sometimes comments here at QRGHQ, is, according to her profile on her own blog:
‘a Canadian in her thirties. She writes about the state of decay in the relationship between the genders in our culture with a focus on men’s vulnerability and women’s agency.
She is also currently working on a sci-fi webcomic about conflicting world views and colonial arrogance.’
Typhon has made a fascinating vlog about the problems with patriarchy theory.
She has called the traditional feminist view of patriarchy, where all men share power and dominance over all women, because they’re men, ‘patriarchy 1.0’
And she calls her own theory of a more nuanced system of gendered power, ‘patriarchy 2.0’.
In particular, typhon introduces a concept called ‘apexuality’. She says that ‘apexuals’, who I think she conceptualises as ‘male-bodied’, are people who achieve power in hierarchies. And, contrary to feminism’s patriarchy 1.0 theory she says these apexuals do not achieve power based on their commonalities with other men, but rather by distinguishing themselves from them. The search for ‘uniqueness’ is a key part of the search for power. And ‘apexuals’ have to sacrifice their ‘maleness’ as an identity in order to achieve high status roles.
So feminists ideas about men working together as a kind of ‘team’ are rejected by typhon’s analysis.
I agree with her, if I have understood her correctly. I think we live in very ‘individualistic’ times.
She also says women do not achieve the same kind of power in hierarchies as men, because women are less likely to sacrifice their ‘female’ or ‘woman’ identity in the search for power. And, as a result, more likely to identify with other women, and the commonalities they share.
I am not quite so sure about this, as I think some women gain power by invoking their ‘femininity’. I think Margaret Thatcher did, and Princess Diana, and say, Dolly Parton. I’m sure they trod on a few female toes to get where they did, too.
I am also not quite sure about what typhon’s theory of apexuality means for social change. If women are gaining more powerful positions, and more earning power, how does this fit in with the ‘apexual’ hierarchy as it is now. How does change occur within it?
Anyway it is interesting stuff and I’d love to hear some thoughts from typhon and other people about it!