Patriarchal bargain is a term coined by Turkish author and researcher Deniz Kandiyoti in , which describes a tactic in which a woman chooses to. In this article, according to Kandiyoti, there are two systems of male dominance. These are the sub-Saharan African pattern and classic patriarchy. May 4, Bargaining With Patriarchy. Article (PDF Available) in Cite this publication. Deniz Kandiyoti at SOAS, University of London ยท Deniz Kandiyoti.

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However, no matter her life circumstances or structural location, every woman is expected to be any combination of three things: In fact, the rewards that individual women may reap from patriarchal bargains function as sanctions for women as a class. One problem with patriarchal bargains is that they pressure women into internalizing patriarchal ideologies and, thus, either knowingly or unknowingly recreating patriarchy every day. There is an individual gain, but a collective loss.

At this point it is worth noting that there is always the option not to engage bargxining patriarchal bargains, but the consequences for this can be severe. For women who are in an unfavorable socioeconomic situation, the stakes of a patriarchal bargain can be extreme. These bargainung consider a woman to be just another commodity to be bought and sold in our patriarchal and capitalistic society.

The industry disregards her humanity and puts a price tag on her body. It is telling that although women who enter the sex industry often express a sense of initial personal empowerment, over time their experience often changes. Their original feelings of elation transformed into anger, disappointment, and disgust.


The bargain can offer rewards, but it comes at a price. As a society we often place blame on the women in the industry for their decision without looking critically at the larger structure in which this emerges an option for them in the first place.

Many of us buy into the sugarcoated version of the sex industry- that strippers, prostituted women, and porn stars are simply sexually empowered women who happily sell sex and sexual access to their bodies to mostly male clients.

This is their marketing, not the reality. Gail Dines, author of Pornland: A society in which there is a thriving clientele for an entire class of people who are dehumanized as sexual commodities is morally bankrupt.

But every woman is confronted with the pressures to engage in patriarchal bargains on a daily basis. Societal expectations for women are regularly enforced, and even the most fervent of feminists find it difficult to escape them.

She backed down and apologized. For women who are either born with or achieve vast amounts wtih wealth and status, patriarchal bargaining may look different.

The reality of patriarchal bargain

Their relative financial privilege may shield them from the some of the most brutal consequences of patriarchy, but it cannot shield them from its critical eye. Actresses, politicians, and other culturally prominent women are relentlessly picked apart by the masses on the basis of their appearance and their behavior.

While there is pressure on all kanriyoti in the public eye to look good, for women it is imperative and many times their salary kaniyoti on it.

The prevalence of plastic surgery shows that woman, especially in the public eye, feel pressure to be eternally youthful in order to remain relevant. The consequences of their bargain are not the same as women in a bargainnig precarious situation, but they still exist.


Women Bargaining with Patriarchy in Rural Pakistan: A Case Study of Khairpur, Sindh

Even if a woman perfectly conforms to patriarchal standards and is rewarded for it, it comes at the cost of never being taken as seriously as we take men.

She is a sex object first, and her achievements will always come second. We need bargqining critically examine the culture that celebrates and rewards these choices so that we can change our belief systems rather than expect women in these positions to do all the legwork of dismantling patriarchy at their own personal expense.

And we need to hold men, who reap the collective benefit of the oppression of woman as a class, accountable for their own acts of commission and omission that reproduce patriarchal inequality.

Dancing on the Mobius Strip: Challenging the Sex War Paradigm.

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