I feel a little silly writing a post about shaving just weeks after we published “Another Gosh-Darned Shaving Post”, but it’s ok! The decision “To shave? Or not to shave?” is predicated upon a complicated cocktail of personal preference, body autonomy, societal pressure, hygiene considerations, and who knows what else. So really, shaving is just a window that provides insight to these things and how they fit together. In this sense, this post isn’t *actually* about shaving. It’s about this thing called a “Patriarchal Agreement”.
The Patriarchal Agreement:
The lovely Luz Delfondo first introduced me to the concept of a “Patriarchal Agreement”. Essentially, the patriarchal agreement is when a person chooses to give up power, or conform to the patriarchy in some way in order to gain more power in another way.