'can equality exist in patriarchy?'

In this post, I raise a question based on a conversation with my family:

Last month my family got together and had a rousing discussion about feminism in the Church. Whenever my five older siblings and their spouses get together, there’s always a good discussion to be had. Even though a few of my siblings are, like me, registered Democrats, these conversations tend to cement my place as the most liberal member of my fully active LDS family.

A question was raised that we were unsuccessful at really answering:In the Church or at home, does patriarchy (however benevolent) make equality impossible? 

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