Kate Campbell has a wonderful song, “Crazy in Alabama,” that describes 1960s Alabama as a racialized social system populated by everyday white racists and white supremacists on one side, and freedom-seeking African Americans and their white allies working for change on the other. In the song, she sings: “The train of change was coming through my hometown. We had the choice to climb on board or get run down.” I believe that our current patriarchal social system is in a similar state of change. Patriarchy is dying out. The people, both men and women, who have been privileged by patriarchy are rightfully scared of the impending changes. So they call on traditional sources of patriarchal power, e.g. deploying mystifying lawyer language about the US Constitution, to defend their privilege.
You can hear Kate Campbell’s “Crazy in Alabama” here: http://www.katecampbell.com/visions/
Thanks for the graphic http://shaziaworld.files.wordpress.com/2011/06/smashpatriarchy.jpg