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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, whereby 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 m*****le identity, rather than ***** legitimate beings themselves ***** value because they pose no practical, long-lasting value to their parental families, only to families they marry in***** as the bearers of sons.


Thus, produc*****g children is extremely important to women in ***** societies. In such a system of line*****ge, ***** only status and identity ***** conferred ***** the females in question by society is in terms ***** ***** abilities to produce sons in the village schema of *****s. Moreover, all ***** lose their previous, albeit lower and tangential status as a member of a kinship structure *****s a daughter when ***** marry. Their marital *****iance thus forms 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 into ***** physical worth, other than to pass them on as a w*****e and a be*****rer of sons to another family.

Question 3 woman's relationship is entirely dependant in her new family, on her ***** to produce s*****s, given that ***** are no more valued in this ***** family than they *****re in her old familial structure. Even her mot***** in law, the new, main female figure in her life, makes such demands upon *****. A woman who h***** yet to make a son is the lowest ***** 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 *****'s child, ***** reducing ***** status of the ***** in law and her power over the girl ***** well. Before, her own mother only spoke of the future without her, in ***** brother's terms, ***** only ***** married does ***** have a *****—but with a past door of her *****hood "slamming shut."(24*****)


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


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