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


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


Thus, producing children is extremely important to women in ***** societies. In such a system of lineage, the only status ***** identity is conferred ***** the females in question by ***** is ***** terms of *****ir abilities to produce sons in the village schema of *****s. Moreover, all ***** lose *****ir previous, albeit lower and tangential ***** as a member of a kinship structure ***** ***** daughter when ***** marry. Their marital *****iance thus *****ms 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 ef*****t ***** ***** physical w*****th, other than to pass them on as a wife and a be*****rer of ***** to another family.

Question 3 woman's relationship ***** entirely dependant in her new family, on her ***** ***** produce s*****s, given that daughters are no more valued ***** this ***** family than they were in her old familial structure. 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 ***** lowest of the low, far beneath her mo*****r-in-law. Once she *****s a male heir, she incre*****es ***** status in the *****, in her husband's eyes, and as the mother of the father's child, ***** reducing the status of the ***** in law and her power over the girl ***** well. Before, her own mother only spoke of the future without her, ***** ***** brother's *****, and ***** ***** married does ***** ***** a *****—but with ***** past door of her ********** "slamming shut."(24*****)


********** creates a fragmented household, pitting ***** against woman, all ***** turned to the husband for authority. And before, in a house ***** d*****ughters, ***** "matter how fond of his daughter the father may be" she is a temporary member ***** h***** household, with no ties to him, and she will *****t protect him in his ***** old age." (242) Sons ***** *****s are bifurcated ***** their *****, as are daughters and fathers, but even girls are alienated from their mothers, ***** they possess less ***** worth than their brothers ***** the existing kinship *****.


Women ***** apt to continue


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