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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 is passed down from father to son. Women are subsumed within the identity ***** a family upon marriage, ***** are primarily valued for their childbearing function, specifically their ability to bear *****s. Women exist as placeholders in such a world, of cont*****ued male identity, 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 uterine societies. In such a system ***** line*****ge, ***** only status and identity ***** conferred ***** the females in question by ***** is in terms of their abilities to produce sons in the village schema of values. Moreover, all ***** lose *****ir previous, albeit lower and tangential status as a member of a kinship structure as a d*****ughter when ***** marry. Their marital alliance thus *****ms 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 sons, 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 *****ir physical worth, other than to pass them on as a w*****e and a bearer of sons ***** another family.

Question 3 woman's relationship is entirely dependant in her new *****, on her ***** to produce s*****s, given that ***** are no more valued in this ***** family than they *****re in her old familial *****. Even her mot***** ***** law, the new, main female figure in her life, makes such demands upon her. A woman who ***** yet to make a son is the lowest ***** the low, f*****r beneath ***** mother-in-law. Once she ********** a male heir, she increases her status in the *****, ***** her husband's eyes, and as the mother of the *****'s child, thus 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 *****, and ***** ***** married does ***** ***** a future—but with a past door ***** her childhood "slamming shut."(243)


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


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