Essay - Women Wolf, Margery. 'Uterine Families and the Women's Community.' Chapter...

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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 family upon marriage, and are primarily valued for their childbearing function, specifically their ability to bear sons. Women exist 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 families they marry into as the *****ers of sons.


Thus, producing children is extremely important to women in ***** societies. In such a system of lineage, ***** only status and identity is conferred upon the females 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 daughter when ***** marry. Their marital *****iance thus forms their only social status—there ***** no safety network for them to 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 ***** their physical worth, other than to pass them on as a wife and a be*****rer of sons to another family.

Question 3 woman's relationship is entirely dependant in her new family, on her ***** ***** produce sons, given that ***** are no more valued in this new family than they were in her old familial *****. Even her mot***** ***** law, the new, main female figure in her life, makes such demands upon *****. A woman who h***** yet to make a son is ***** lowest ***** t*****e low, f*****r beneath her mother-in-law. Once she produces a male heir, she increases her status in the family, in her husband's eyes, and as the mother of the *****'s child, ***** reducing the status of the ***** in law and her power over ***** girl as well. Before, her own mother only spoke of the future without her, in ***** brother's *****, ***** ***** ***** married does she have a future—but with a p*****t door of her childhood "slamming shut."(243)


***** creates a fr*****gmented household, pitting ***** against woman, all ***** turned ***** the husband for authority. And before, in a house ***** daughters, ***** "matter how fond ***** his daughter the father may be" ***** is a temporary ***** of his *****, with no ties to him, and she will *****t protect him in his ***** old age." (242) Sons ***** *****s are bifurcated in their relationship, as are daughters and *****s, but even girls are alienated from ***** mothers, ***** they possess less practical worth than their brothers ***** the existing kinship structure.


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