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


Thus, producing children is extremely important to women in ***** societies. In such a system of lineage, the only status ***** identity ***** conferred ***** ***** females in question by ***** is ***** terms ***** their abilities to produce sons in the village schema of values. Moreover, all ***** lose *****ir previous, albeit lower and tangential ***** as a member of a kinship structure as a d*****ughter 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 to connect with daughters emotionally, or to put much financial eff*****t into ***** physical worth, o*****r than to pass them on as a wife and a bearer of ***** to another family.

Question 3 woman's relationship is entirely dependant in her new family, on her ***** ***** produce sons, given that ***** are no more valued ***** this new family than they were in her old familial *****. Even her mot***** in law, the new, ma***** female figure in her life, makes such demands upon *****. A woman who ***** yet to make a son is ***** lowest ***** the low, far beneath her mo*****r-in-law. Once she *****s a male heir, she increases ***** status in the family, in her husband's eyes, and as the mother of the *****'s child, ***** reducing the status of the mo*****r in law and her power over the girl as well. Before, her own mo*****r only spoke of the future without her, ***** ***** brother's terms, and only ***** married does she have a future—but with ***** p*****t door of her childhood "slamming shut."(24*****)


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


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