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Wolf, Margery. "Uterine Families and the Women's Community." Chapter 23 Questions


According to Wolf, a uterine society is a society characterized by a patriarchal system of linage, where***** authority is passed down from father to son. Women are subsumed within the identity of a f*****mily upon marriage, ***** ***** primarily valued for their childbearing function, specifically their ability to bear sons. Women exist as placeholders in such a world, of cont*****ued m*****le *****, rather than as legitimate beings themselves ***** value because they pose no practical, long-l*****ting value to their parental families, only to ***** they marry in***** as the bearers of sons.


Thus, producing children is extremely important to women in ***** societies. In such a system of lineage, ***** only status and identity ***** conferred upon the females in question by ***** is in terms ***** ********** abilities to produce sons in the village schema of *****s. Moreover, all ***** lose their previous, albeit lower and tangential ***** as a member of a kinship structure as a daughter when ***** marry. Their marital alliance thus forms their only social status—there is no safety network for them ***** fall back on, if they fail in the uterine society's requirements to produce sons, and have little sense of self-worth, as the family has no incentive ***** connect with daughters emotionally, or to put much financial effort into ***** physical worth, o*****r than to pass them on as a w*****e and a bearer of ***** to another family.

Question 3 woman's relationship ***** entirely dependant in her new *****, on her ability ***** produce s*****s, given that ***** are no more valued in this new family than they were in her old familial *****. Even her mother ***** law, the new, main female figure in her life, makes such demands upon *****. A woman who ***** yet to make a son is the lowest of the low, far beneath her mo*****r-in-law. Once she *****s a male heir, she incre*****es ***** status in the *****, ***** her husband's eyes, and as the mot***** of the *****'s child, thus reducing ***** status of the mother in law and her power over the girl as well. Before, her own mother only spoke of the future without her, in ***** brother's *****, ***** only ***** married does ***** ***** a future—but with a past door of her childhood "slamming shut."(243)


This creates a fr*****gmented household, pitting ***** against woman, all eyes turned to the husband for authority. And before, in a house ***** d*****ughters, no "matter how fond ***** his daughter the father may be" she is a temporary ***** of his *****, with no ties to him, and she will not protect him in his own old age." (242) Sons ***** ********** are bifurcated ***** their *****, as are daughters and **********, but even girls are alienated from their mothers, ***** they possess less practical worth than their brothers ***** the existing kinship structure.


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