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Dec. 29th, 2010 06:30 pm (UTC)
Here's a slightly in-your-face definition of it, and the Wikipedia entry on intersectionality is also helpful.

Basically, it's the idea that it's not only gender that matters (patriarchy model) -- it's the interaction between factors such as race, sexual orientation, education level, ability/disability, financial status, etc. The idea behind using the term "kyriarchy" is to acknowledge that these factors exist and intersect to form an individual's place in the societal hierarchy.

Hope this helps -- I was unfamiliar with the word until a year or two ago, but I do like the concept that it's not just race and gender that create privilege.

-- A :)