Has Turkey become more patriarchal?

My take

When trying to join EU, Gov ceded to ♀️ mobilisation & enacted egalitarian laws. Absent this incentive, Gov appears more patriarchal

Pol & economic liberalisation strengthened conservatives

But society is becoming more egalitarian
So many claim "Turkey has become more socially conservative"

But I struggle to find any evidence of this

Rather, once conservative groups are now more influential, &

Gov. no longer has an incentive to pay lip-service to equality

Turkish friends, I welcome your views here!!
Economic liberalisation led to the rise of the “Anatolian tigers”

Entrepreneurs in historically conservative cities (like Konya) became wealthier & more politically influential. They vote AKP

But even Konya has not become more patriarchal over time, as far as I can discern?
So Konya was always more patriarchal.

The difference is that economic and political liberalisation enabled those patriarchs to become more influential

But they have not made other parts of Turkey more patriarchal, and even Konya is becoming more egalitarian

Dissent welcome!
Yes the Government is expressing more conservative values (the DPM said “women shouldn’t laugh in public”, they withdrew from CEDAW).

This happens in part because there is no longer any geopolitical incentive to please the EU.

But Gov rhetoric has minor influence on society.
If you believe that government discourse & policy has a MAJOR influence on gender relations, you'd worry Turkey is becoming more patriarchal.

But afaik, that premise is not supported by evidence.

In fact, when the DPM condemned women laughing, 🇹🇷women mobilised in outrage!
Even if the government turns a blind eye to horrific levels of gender-based violence & at best encourages mediation, that doesn't necessarily change behaviour.

Women are more likely to leave abusers if they have economic autonomy, & the biggest driver over time is growth.
But soo many papers state that "Turkey has become more conservative"

So what am I missing?

Do correct me!
Thank you Asli, for this corrective.

If men do not expect to be sanctioned by the police, they may be more likely to sexually harass women.

Those expectations could certainly be amplified by patriarchal rhetoric from the executive, signalling impunity

This is an important distinction.

Liberal Kemalists perceive a more patriarchal, authoritarian government.

But the net trend is that women are increasingly leaving their homes, working in the public sphere for pay (rather than unpaid family work).

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