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Definition: A patriarchy is a social system in which family systems or entire societies are organized around the idea of father-rule, where males are the primary authority figures.

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Crossman, Ashley. "Patriarchy." ThoughtCo, May. 15, 2017, Crossman, Ashley. (2017, May 15). Patriarchy. Retrieved from Crossman, Ashley. "Patriarchy." ThoughtCo. (accessed May 21, 2018).