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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, ***** ***** primarily valued for their childbearing function, specifically their ability to bear *****s. Women ex*****t as placeholders in such a world, of cont*****ued male *****, rather than ***** legitimate beings themselves ***** value because they pose no practical, long-lasting value to their parental families, only to ***** they marry into as the *****ers of sons.


Thus, producing children is extremely important to women in ***** societies. In such a system of line*****ge, the only status and identity ***** conferred ***** the fe*****s in question by ***** is in terms of ***** abilities to produce sons in the village schema of values. Moreover, all ***** lose their previous, albeit lower and tangential status as a member of a kinship structure ***** ***** daughter when they marry. Their marital alliance thus *****ms their only social status—there is no safety network for them to fall back on, if they fail in the uterine society's requirements ***** 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 effort into ***** physical worth, 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 *****, on her ability ***** produce sons, given that daughters are no more valued ***** this ***** family than they were in her old familial structure. Even her mot***** ***** law, the new, main female figure in her life, makes such demands upon *****. A woman who ***** yet to make a son is ***** lowest ***** the low, far beneath her mot*****-in-law. Once she produces a male heir, she increases her status in the *****, ***** her husband's eyes, and as the mot***** of the father's child, thus reducing the status of the *****her in law and her power over ***** girl as well. Before, her own mother only spoke of the future without her, ***** ***** brother's *****, ***** ***** when married does ***** have a *****—but with a p*****t door of her childhood "slamming shut."(243)


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


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