Patriarchy, as understood in feminism, is the ideal that gender relations be structured on a principle of male responsibility and authority, corresponding to female protection and submission - sometimes called complementarianism. This ideology is sharply criticised in feminism as immoral, in fact feminism is often defined specifically as opposition to this view, in favour of mutuality, or equality, between the sexes - sometimes called egalitarianism. However, many modern writers, especially with religious or traditional values, maintain that patriarchy remains an objective, ethical ideal, and that feminist criticisms are flawed, counter to the best interests of both women and men.
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