kyriarchy's Journal

Studies in Kyriarchal Domination
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"Kyriarchy" is a neologism promoted by feminist theologian Elisabeth Schuessler Fiorenza.

Whereas in the 1970's feminist theorists used as key analytic categories androcentrism/gender (=male-female dualism) and patriarchy (=the domination of the father/male over women) and distinguished between sex and gender roles, such a dualistic gender approach has been seriously questioned by other feminist theorists who are pointing to the multiplicative structures of domination determining most wo/men's lives. In order to theorize structures of domination in antiquity and the multiplicative intersection of gender, race, class, and ethnicity in modernity I have sought to articulate a social feminist heuristic model that replaces the notion of patriarchy/patriarchalism with the neologism of kyriarchy as a key analytic category. ...

"Kyriarchy" means the domination of the lord, slave master, husband, the elite freeborn educated and propertied man over all wo/men and subaltern men. It is to be distinguished from kyriocentrism, which has the ideological function of naturalizing and legitimating not just gender but all forms of domination. Kyriarchal relations of domination are built on elite gender, race, class, and imperial domination as well as wo/men's dependency, subordination, and obedience -- or wo/men's second-class citizenship. (Jesus and the Politics of Interpretation, p. 95)

The purpose of this community is to explore the interlockings of discrimination, supremacy, exploitation, and violence "justified" by appeals to differences of ability, age, caste, class, creed, education level, gender, gender identity, lack of domicile, national origin, neurodiversity, race, religion, sexual orientation, size, weight, etc.

Such a community is needed because we need a space where all oppressions can be discussed and recognized as interlocking in a cumuluative whole, from a feminist and critical perspective, without taking away from the need to discuss specific issues of oppression in specific spaces.
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