The dominant systems of heteronormativity and patriarchy which support one another to devalue and subordinate femininity to masculinity, constructing the feminine as weak, irrational, in need of leadership, and ultimately a void that needs to be filled by the presence of the masculine. Heteropatriarchy functions as a tool used to maintain the settler colonial state which requires the normalized subordination of one group to another. Functionally, heteropatriarchy is a set of cultural scripts (sexual, vocational, behavioral, emotional, aesthetic, and so on) which serve to define both masculinity and femininity in narrow and limiting ways in order to maintain a sharp binary distinction between male and female, dominant and subordinate.
———."Heteropatriarchy and the Three Pillars of White Supremacy." CPT Training Resources. Cherokee intellectual, feminist, anti-violence activist, theologian, Andrea Smith, takes a look at intersectionality, and at three basic myths that work to establish white male supremacy. Genocide/Colonialism; Slavery/Capitalism; Orientalism/War. This short article is an excellent, short, dense, and powerful framing of the multiple intersecting myth/lies that maintain power.