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*****, 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, where***** 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 male *****, rather than as legitimate beings themselves of value because they pose no practical, long-lasting value to their parental families, only to ***** they marry into as the bearers ***** sons.


Thus, producing children is extremely important to women in uterine societies. In such a system of line*****ge, ***** only status and identity is conferred ***** the females in question by society is ***** terms ***** their abilities to produce sons in the village schema of **********. Moreover, all ***** lose *****ir previous, albeit lower and tangential status as a member of a kinship structure ***** 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 *****, and have little sense of self-worth, as ***** family has no incentive ***** connect with daughters emotionally, or to put much financial ef*****t into ***** physical w*****th, other than to pass them on as a wife and a be*****rer of sons ***** an***** family.

Question 3 woman's relationship is entirely dependant in her new family, on her ***** to produce sons, given that daughters are no more valued in this new family than they were in her old familial structure. Even her mot***** in law, the new, main female figure in her life, makes such demands upon her. A woman who ***** yet to make a son is the lowest of the low, f*****r beneath her mot*****-in-law. Once she produces a male heir, she increases her status in the family, in ***** husband's eyes, and as the mother of the father's child, ***** reducing the status of the ***** in law and her power over ***** girl ***** well. Before, her own mother only spoke of the future without her, in ***** brother's terms, and only when married does ***** have a *****—but with ***** past door of her *****hood "slamming shut."(24*****)


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


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