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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, where***** authority ***** passed down from father to son. Women are subsumed within the identity ***** a family upon marriage, and ***** primarily valued for their childbearing function, specifically their ability to bear *****s. Women exist as placeholders in such a world, of cont*****ued male *****, 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 bearers of sons.


Thus, producing children is extremely important to women in ***** societies. In such a system of line*****ge, ***** only status and identity ***** conferred upon the females in question by ***** is in terms of their abilities to produce sons in the village schema of *****s. Moreover, all ***** lose *****ir previous, albeit lower and tangential status as a member of a kinship structure *****s a d*****ughter when they marry. Their marital alliance thus *****ms their only social status—there ***** 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 to connect with daughters emotionally, or to put much financial ef*****t ***** their physical w*****th, other than to pass them on as a w*****e and a bearer of sons to another family.

Question 3 woman's relationship is entirely dependant in her new family, on her ***** ***** produce sons, given that daughters are no more valued ***** this ***** family than they *****re 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 ***** lowest ***** the low, f*****r beneath her mo*****r-in-law. Once she ********** a male heir, she increases her status in the *****, ***** her husband's eyes, and as the mot***** of the *****'s child, ***** reducing ***** status of the mother 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 when married does she ***** a *****—but with ***** p*****t door of her ********** "slamming shut."(24*****)


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


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