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


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


Thus, produc*****g children is extremely important to women in ***** societies. In such a system ***** line*****ge, the only status and identity ***** conferred ***** the fe*****s in question by ***** is ***** terms of ********** abilities to produce sons in the village schema of **********. Moreover, all women lose *****ir previous, albeit lower and tangential ***** as a member of a kinship structure ***** a d*****ughter when they 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 the family has no incentive to connect with daughters emotionally, or to put much financial ef*****t into ***** physical worth, other than to pass them on as a wife and a bearer of sons ***** an***** family.

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


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


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