What does ‘Peg the Patriarchy’ mean and why did Cara Delevigne wear it?


Find out what ‘Peg the Patriarchy’ means after Cara Delevigne rocked the feminist phrase at the 2021 Met Gala on her all-white outfit.

Discover the Dior designer as well as the deeper meaning and the original creator behind the empowering fashion statement.

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Cara Delevigne’s 2021 Met Gala outfit explored

English model, actress, and singer Cara Jocelyn Delevingne attended the 2021 Met Gala wearing an all-white number, with a hint of politics.

Paired with her wet hair look, smokey red-eye, red lip and red-painted toes were a fitted pair of white suit trousers, white heels and a white blazer elegantly resting on her shoulders.

Most importantly, Delevgine embedded her known feminist views into her fit as her breastplate-style vest displayed the phrase “peg the patriarchy”.

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Cara’s get-up sure brought a splash of socio-political messaging to the high profile fundraising event as she strutted the red carpet wearing a Dior look by creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri.

What does ‘Peg the Patriarchy’ mean?

When asked by an interviewer what people should take away from the slogan, Delevingne stated:

“It’s about women empowerment – equality, gender equality, you know – it’s a bit like ‘stick it to the man’” (pun very much intended).

In terms of meaning, Delevingne joked that, if that watching didn’t know what the term “pegging” meant, they should look it up themselves.

Wondering what exactly this feminist statement really means?

Pegging essentially reverses traditionally male sexual acts and instead allows the woman to take control.

Rose Stokes defines pegging as “subverting traditional power dynamics” in an online post by Daye.

The writer also states that the action can be “hugely rewarding, allowing women to take ownership of their sexuality”.

“Patriarchy” is defined as a system of society or government in which men hold the power and women are largely excluded from it and refers to social organisation marked by the control of men of a disproportionately large share of power.

In a nutshell, ‘Peg the Patriarchy’ indicates female empowerment, implying that women should stand up to patriarchy and fight back.

When was the phrase coined?

“Peg the Patriarchy” was reportedly coined by Luna Matatas, who is described as a sexuality, body confidence and kink educator over on Twitter.

Delevgine’s designer has been accused of using the phrase without giving due credit to the original creator on social media.

In 2016, @lunamatatas shared images of her merchandise which displays the now-popular feminist phrase in neon writing onto clothing items.

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