Patriarchy

Patriarchy is a social system in which men hold primary power and predominate in roles of political leadership, moral authority, social privilege and control of property.[1][2][3] Some patriarchal societies are also patrilineal, meaning that property and title are inherited by the male lineage.

Patriarchy is associated with a set of ideas, a patriarchal ideology that acts to explain and justify this dominance and attributes it to inherent natural differences between men and women. Sociologists hold varied opinions on whether patriarchy is a social product or an outcome of innate differences between the sexes.[citation needed]

Historically, patriarchy has manifested itself in the social, legal, political, religious, and economic organization of a range of different cultures.[4][page needed] Most contemporary societies are, in practice, patriarchal.[5][6]