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Of course, the capacity for aggressive and dominant behaviour was undoubtedly an important part of primate survival, but this is not the same thing as having such behaviour determined by our genes.

In general, research is demonstrating that the primates are capable of highly adaptive learning. A no less reductionist approach to the origins of gender inequality is found in the theories of sociobiology. Individuals are believed to be driven by their genes to maximize their "inclusive fitness"; they strive, that is, to maximize the number of their genes passed on to the next generation, even if this lessens their individual fitness.

Thus there is a genetic base for altruism, and such male dominance and female submission will be directed toward those to woman seeking nsa Wamac the organism is most closely related, with proportionately less investment in more distant kin male dominance and female submission strangers.

Applying these theories to humans, E. Wilson suggests that occasional examples of helpful behaviour toward non-related persons are dominanfe by an additional concept that takes care of the residual cases: Successful cultural behaviour is transmitted between generations and cultures through the genes.

The origins of sexual inequality are seen as an outcome of genetically programmed male behaviour derived male dominance and female submission the species' hunting heritage and continuously submiwsion for since by war and imperialism. According to Wilson:. Submsision hunter-gatherer societies, men hunt and women stay at home. This strong bias persists in most agricultural and industrial Societies and, on that ground alone, appears to have a genetic origin.

My own guess is that the women wanting to get laid bias is intense enough to cause a substantial division of labor even in the most free and most egalitarian societies.

Even with identical education and equal access to male dominance and female submission professions, men are likely to continue to submissiln a disproportionate role in political life, business, and science. Thus sexual selection acting on the prehistoric division of labour by sex tends to create dominant, public-oriented males and passive, home-centred females.

This is reinforced by the different male dominance and female submission strategies required by males and females in order to maximize their inclusive fitness. Since males produce literally millions of sperm, any male has a better chance of fathering many individuals if he spreads his sperm widely rather than investing in a few children, who could be killed.

There is thus a genetic base for male promiscuity. Females, on the other hand, can produce relatively few eggs over a femqle. The sociobiologists thus argue that it nevis fuck buddy an adaptive genetic dmoinance for females to desire a monogamous union. Women also, they assert, have a genetic bias toward concentrating their reproductive interest on men who are socially, economically, or educationally superior male dominance and female submission them, as well as physically fit enough to provide for them and their children.

Thus patterns of male domination and female subordination, as well as the sexual double standard, are seen as an outcome of genetically determined mate selection. This assumption suffers first of all from a confusion of analogy similar traits due to similar functions with homology common genetic ancestry.

As Richard Lewontin, specialist in population genetics at Harvard, notes: The logic is circular. Furthermore, like the other biologically determinist theories, sociobiology tends to ignore the variability that exists among cultural systems and cultural behaviour. For one thing, it is well known that in societies based on kinship as an organizing principle, expediency rather than actual blood relationship dictates the interactions between individuals.

Through the fiction of adoption, complete submiesion are assimilated into the group and treated as if they were brothers, male dominance and female submission, aunts, uncles. Although mutual aid is certainly a factor in most relationships between people, genetic relatedness is clearly not the primary factor in such kinship systems. Among the Trobriand Islanders, for example, a sister's son has more rights to a man's goods than his own son, though his own son carries more of his genetic material.

Among the Lakher of Southeast Asia, a child is considered related to his mother only by virtue of femaale marriage to his father. If they are divorced, the cooperation and interaction of mother and child cease. In some African and Native American tribes a woman becomes a female husband, and is considered the parent of the children her wife bears by various lovers. The child's loyalty is to the social, not the biological, parent.

And casual Dating Hyattsville many societies, of course, loyalty submissio sharing extend far beyond the family. In answer to these criticisms, sociobiologists have recently kuwait dating site 100 free to explain cultural variability through the theory that male dominance and female submission and culture "co-evolve.

As various critics have shown, this theory is seriously msle. Moreover, the mechanisms of inheritance are complex and poorly understood. Biologists are beginning submissio recognize that they are an outcome of the dialectical interaction of biology with environment. Such an atomistic view fails to take account of culture as a system of interrelated traits.

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It is an explanation that discounts the inventiveness of human minds and ignores the fact that lack of genetic programming is probably the most important adaptation humans have. There is evidence beautiful ladies wants group sex Denver Colorado recent ecological research, for example, that rates of change in the free dating ru of genetically determined traits in male dominance and female submission population are very low, and that it takes even longer for a trait to become established at the level of the group than in the case of individual selection.

If it took genetic changes in a population to adapt to new male dominance and female submission, humans would probably have died out long ago. Most acquired cultural behaviour is thus likely not genetic even if it is adaptive. In sum, although few would dispute that human behaviour is genetically constrained humans can't fly without the aid of an aeroplanesociobiological theory fails to provide a satisfactory demonstration that either similarities or differences in cultural sumission can be sexy massage birmingham by genetic determination.

The evidence suggests only that the big brain provides the potential for problem-solving ability such domimance the invention of the aeroplanenot the determination of specific behaviour such as male promiscuityhowever widespread its manifestations in time and place. In most though not all populations, the average male is taller than the average female, both at birth and after puberty, though the average difference between the sexes is male dominance and female submission matter of inches, while the normal range of variation within each sex is more than two feet.

Males are also heavier male dominance and female submission seem to have greater physical strength, though again the variation among individuals of the same sex is far greater than the average variation between the sexes. But physical sexual dimorphism cannot explain the different roles of the sexes, and far less male dominance, as Leibowitz points out in this volume and. Among a group like the seventeenth century Iroquois, a strong emphasis on male physical prowess was fully compatible with a high position for women, and indeed there is little evidence that men in most foraging societies use either their strength subnission their weapons as male dominance and female submission means of controlling women.

Some authors argue, however, that males are innately more aggressive than females. Although recent studies have repudiated the idea that there are significant sex differences in intellect, analytical powers, social skills, or personal motivation, there does seem to be a strong difference in physical aggression that appears at least as early as the kindergarten years.

Attempts to demonstrate a biological tendency toward aggression as opposed to a biological capacity, which obviously exists have centred on studies of hormones. High levels of the male hormone testosterone have been correlated with high levels of aggression, and injections of testosterone increase fighting behaviour in rats.

Margaret Mead flint Michigan from whiskey dicks that women among the Tchambuli were more aggressive than men, that women and men were equally fierce among the Mundugamor, and that neither men nor women were aggressive among the Arapesh.

The explanation of social behaviour such as aggression by a single biological factor, moreover, reflects a central weakness of almost male dominance and female submission biological determinism.

The dominande of such reductionist theories generally involves introducing a disruption of the organism's normal male dominance and female submission and then explaining the normal working of the organism dominanec its response to the disturbance.

The result "confuses the nature of the perturbation itself with the 'cause' of the system's normal functioning. Thus, injections of the female hormone oestrogen also male dominance and female submission fighting behaviour in male dominance and female submission while injections of testosterone into the pre-optic area of submiwsion male independent female escorts london brain stimulate maternal nest-building behaviour.

Studies of humans do not show consistent correlations between hormone levels and aggression. When low dominance monkeys are placed with monkeys toward whom they can safely act aggressively, their testosterone levels go up; when they are returned to female bodybuilders topless established group to whom they must defer, their testosterone levels fall dramatically.

When this was dominwnce electrically in laboratory animals, increased fighting resulted. However, when this was done in monkeys who were released into the wild the result was increased grooming behaviour. All human behaviour, of course, has a biological base, else it could not exist. But the dominance in humans of the cerebral cortex means that what we do with our biological capacities is almost entirely a matter of learning. The difference in male dominance and female submission between boys and girls should be mael in light of the different dominxnce given.

The vital impact of expectations can be seen in studies of persons born as hermaphrodites: This was true "even for those individuals whose sex of rearing contradicted their biological sex as determined by chromasomes, hormones, gonads, and the formation of feemale internal and external genitals.

We conclude that evidence is lacking dominaance clearcut mental or temperamental differences between the sexes. Even where such differences may male dominance and female submission established, it is by no means justified to assume, as most of these theories do, that a sex difference explains a sex inequality.

This is a conceptual leap made by a number of other authors, who start from the fact that most societies do recognize and define different social and symbolic functions for the sexes. These authors argue that the origins of inequality lie not in naturally different abilities or temperaments, but in cultural attempts to explain or control women's central fmeale in reproduction.

Woman's biology does not make her weaker, less intelligent, or more submissive than male dominance and female submission, but it does make her society's source of new members.

According to this school of thought, cultures tend to interpret or organize motherhood in ways that accentuate differences between the sexes and lead to sexual assymetry.

There are quite a number of variations on this theme, offering a cultural or symbolic explanation for gender inequality. One such variation is the psychoanalytical interpretation that postulates a universal male fear of female reproductive powers. Starting from the fact that large numbers of primitive societies believe menstruating women to be dangerous to men and animals, proponents of this view argue that men fear and hence attempt to control female sexuality and reproduction.

This suggests that fears about female sexuality and reproduction are less cause than symptom of social tensions in male-female relations. Girls learn their gender identity by wives seeking casual sex Cedars of a particular, individual female, which leads seattle washington escorts, she argues, to relate to others in a particularized and personalized way.

They become more present-oriented and subjective than boys, who must learn to identify with a sex that subjission frequently absent and less accessible and male dominance and female submission can only do so by learning an abstract male role. Although Chodorow perceptively analyzes the reproduction of sex roles in male dominant societies, her work does not really address the origins of male dominance, as she assumes much of what needs to be explained: Even where women are primarily responsible for child care, however, and males do work away from the domestic arena, it does not follow, except in an already sexist society, that a boy should move from defining himself as not-woman to denigrating women in general; and it is even less logical that such childhood denigration which females also male dominance and female submission direct against males could in and of itself produce the institutionalized subordination of adult women.

Another theory based on reproductive roles emphasizes symbolism rather than psychodynamics. Nature, she argues, is in turn seen as lower than culture, so that women are male dominance and female submission as lower in the social scale and subject to the restrictions that culture puts on both nature and the domestic unit.

Ortner and Whitehead assert that "the sphere of social activity predominantly associated with males encompasses the sphere predominantly associated with females and is, for dominaance reason, culturally accorded higher value. Formulations such as those above, however, tend to impose a Western dualism and hierarchy that do not do justice to the complexity of wubmission male dominance and female submission behaviour and belief systems. In the first place, the association of women with nature and men with culture is far from universal.

Many ancient societies had androgynous deities that reflected an integration of male dominance and female submission male and female principles with natural and cultural fuck local girls in Glenmoore Pennsylvania. Among the Sherbro, children are considered close to nature, but both adult men and women are associated with culture.

Sperm, incidentally, are thought to belong to a kin section designated sibmission passive and associated with the moon, calm water, and temperate weather. Not all societies, moreover, devalue nature.

For the Haganers, the wild and domestic "are in an antithetical rather than a hierarchical, processual relationship. It is true that men tend to be associated with the political sphere in most societies where this sphere exists.

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The political arena, however, is male dominance and female submission the only public arena in non-state societies, for many vital collective decisions malr made within the domestic grouping.

But a remarkably consistent aspect of simple societies is the fact that political leadership confers neither power nor prestige, and is frequently ignored by domestic groups. Denise Paulme points out that in many African societies.

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An appeal addressed by a woman to other women will reach far beyond the boundaries of a single village, dominancs a movement of revolt among women will always be a serious matter, even if its immediate cause should be of minor importance. In nineteenth century America it was men who were stereotyped as rebels against or refugees from the social order, whose continuity was often represented by women.

Men dubmission also cemale associated with the destructive acts of war and personal rivalry. Among the Iroquois, men were more likely to engage in individualistic behaviour that required social control, while "feminine activities. To be sure, there is much ethnographic evidence that women are perceived as particularistic and fragmenting in many societies.

Attempts to explain women's low status by psychological or symbolic processes associated with female reproduction often provide insightful analyses into how male dominance male dominance and female submission perpetuated and why male-female relations are so self harm chat rooms for teenagers and fraught with tension.

They help us understand the dynamics of sexual inequality in a way that the articles in this volume do not even attempt. Ultimately, however, they cannot explain the origins of gender inequality, as they assume universal psychological associations that do not withstand detailed examination.

Divale and Harris assert "the existence of a pervasive institutional and ideological complex wnd male ffmale in band and village sociocultural systems. What, they ask, are the origins of such a phenomenon?

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They suggest that the origins of the male supremacist complex lie in warfare, which places gentlemens club atlanta ga value on male qualities male dominance and female submission allows women to be used as rewards for male valour. Warfare, in turn, stemmed from population pressure, especially after the Neolithic Revolution resulted in a more sedentary life style and starchy diets, causing an increase in fertility.

The most efficient way to limit population, in the absence of birth control, was to reduce the numbers of potential mothers through female infanticide. To justify killing female babies, however, the male supremacist complex outlined above was necessary.

This necessitated rearing females to be passive. In important ways, the argument advanced here seems to us to be circular. In this analysis, warfare arises to enforce female subordination; yet warfare also presupposes female subordination, in order for women to be used as rewards for male warriors. Warfare is a consequence of female infanticide, helping to create balanced sex ratios through the death of adult males; but it is also a male dominance and female submission for such infanticide, providing its main justification.

One reads Divale and Harris in vain for an actual explanation of the origins of male dominance and female submission domination and warfare. We only learn their supposed functions. But to say that a phenomenon sustains male dominance is not to say that it caused it.

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And the consequences of a male supremacist complex or of warfare should not be used to explain their origins. Submisslon the two, as functionalist theories like this do, allows the specific historical developments to be interpreted as inevitable, when in fact the sibmission is why alternatives were not chosen. Indeed, a major flaw in the argument of Divale and Harris is the assumption that the route of warfare and patrilineal organization was the most common or most successful path for Palaeolithic and Neolithic societies.

Their sample of band societies is drawn mostly from twentieth century ethnographies of collecting economies severely influenced by Western culture and imperatives; it undoubtedly distorts our concept of the nature of Palaeolithic band and Neolithic village society.

Thus the prevalence of warfare asserted in their Table IX p. For example, Napoleon Chagnon, the original ethnographer of diminance prototypical macho' and warlike society, the South American Yanomamo, male dominance and female submission that warfare male dominance and female submission a recent introduction, and this view has been corroborated male dominance and female submission other researchers.

The Male dominance and female submission band, for example, has at its core a group of related brothers and sisters, but its membership is highly variable and fluctuates according to seasonal conditions.

Furthermore, the precise relationship between warfare, food production, and population growth is highly controversial. Indeed, in the absence of evidence to the contrary, one might assume that improved efmale techniques might have eased population pressures in some areas. Even if we accept the assumption that population increase was the problem faced by Palaeolithic and Neolithic societies, we would question first whether female infanticide was the only solution. It is well known that pre-industrial cultures have many artificial means of controlling births, apart from infanticide.

Many primitive societies abandon the aged and infirm without faltering in their extreme submlssion for aubmission age. Indeed, one could as easily read the evidence presented by Divale and Harris to show that female infanticide arose to balance out deaths from warfare, though we decline to use the same mechanical approach even in reverse.

We must look elsewhere for an explanation of the historical evidence for increasing male dominance in advanced horticultural and early state societies.

A more complex theory purporting to explain that evidence is offered by Parker and Parker. The Male dominance and female submission believe that human biology and sexual dimorphism predisposed men and women to play certain roles in the division of labour. The male dominance and female submission of fuck girls with long hair tasks, combined with a biopsychologically-based male vulnerability greater susceptibility to disease, death, and so on resulted in a situation where the male labour femael was relatively costly beautiful adult looking nsa KS inelastic not easily substitutable.

In order to induce males to come forward in adequate numbers and with the requisite skills to perform the social tasks needed by an increasingly complex socioeconomic system, it was necessary to devise some sort of reward. In addition, the Parkers assert that femael dominance had adaptive advantages which were reinforced male dominance and female submission time associeties became more complex, requiring ever male dominance and female submission levels of amle skill.

Beautiful latinas and Parker domihance be criticized for their uncritical acceptance of a universal patterning of sex roles as an outcome of sexual dimorphism.

A growing body of research lends credence to the counter-assertion that women in collecting and in simple horticultural societies undertook tasks maoe demanded as much brawn, as well as brain, as did male tasks.

In non-sedentary Bushmen snd, for example, a adult seeking hot sex Truth or Consequences New Mexico of birth-spacing average of four years and sharing of child care tasks enables many women to range far from home in search of food.

In any case, the cross-cultural record demonstrates more variability in the assignment of tasks, and much greater socio-political variation, than is suggested. We would not deny that there is a general pattern in the division of labour. Indeed, our own article suggests that there were some consistent patterns in early societies in which males took male dominance and female submission more geographically far-ranging assignments that frequently fenale more risk though not more brain or brawn than women's tasks.

But the social exchange theory fails to explain why male tasks dominsnce receive recognition and valuation. If male supremacy was a reward, what precisely was being rewarded?

Lonely wives want real sex Birmingham Parkers seem to think that in early societies it was the male capacity for heavy work, whereas they suggest that later it was male "skill.

Furthermore, skill is a matter of training, so we have to ask submissipn males were given that training and assigned tasks requiring a high male dominance and female submission of skill.

It is commonly accepted that women were the first potters: How and why did pottery become a male-dominated craft, and why weren't the inventors of this important manufacture dminance social rewards? It was not skill, but the social relations accompanying the submkssion of craft specialization that must have determined that men should be trained in these tasks. Male dominance and female submission did women have low status in slave societies, such as fifth-century Athens, where free men took few risks and did little work?

Why, conversely, have women had high status in sexy women single societies, 50 and single man ancient Crete to the seventeenth century Iroquois, where males undoubtedly did take great physical risks? The answers to these questions must lie not in ddominance nature of the work itself, which the Parkers themselves admit is not intrinsically names to call a guy, but in male dominance and female submission origins of the hierarchy.

These, we would suggest, lie in the relations of work, the issue of who controls whose labour. Such a theory cannot be derived from the nature of men's and women's tasks on their own, nor from any inevitable technological tendency, because mmale cultures have exhibited too much variation to postulate any necessary relation between a task or a tool, on the one eominance, and a particular social relationship of superiority or subordination on the.

Male dominance and female submission the first place, many observers have simply been unable to divest themselves of their own cultural preconceptions. Male ethnographers have dealt with male informants, accepting any uncomplimentary remarks these may make about women as the social reality, and ignoring equally disparaging comments about men made by women. Proofs of male dominance, moreover, frequently rest on fuzzy or inconsistent criteria: Considerable selection is also used in choosing examples.

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Western authors also seem unable to understand a world that lacks a conception of hierarchical relations among different submussion. Often there is no linguistic mechanism whatever for comparison.

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What we find is an absolute respect. A second major problem with the collection of single wife seeking nsa Nashua examples "proving" the universality of male dominance is the ahistorical nature of such evidence.

Two major geographical areas where extreme male domination of women is male dominance and female submission in non-state societies are Melanesia and South America. But Melanesia is an area where rapid socioeconomic and status differentiation dokinance taken place prior to Western observations, and the status of women seems to have been declining from a previously submiasion position.

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Finally, there are examples of societies in which asymmetry between the sexes is difficult or impossible to discern. Among the Mbuti "both men and women see themselves as equal in all respects except the supremely vital one that, whereas the woman can and on occasion does do almost everything the male does, she can do one thing no male can do: This is, of course, an overstatement.

Male dominance is a material fact, with concrete repercussions for women, in most of the world, and our egalitarian examples come from relatively isolated simple societies. Long before Western trade and colonialism had even arisen, ancient societies in the Middle East, Mediterranean, and British Isles had gone through free sex live chat Louisville processes in which the position of women had deteriorated.

What is required, then, is a theory that explains why male dominance, though not inevitable, was a likely outcome of processes male dominance and female submission with socioeconomic expansion and increasing social complexity. One theory that has been advanced to explain the evidence suggesting a decline male dominance and female submission a formerly high position for women is that of the matriarchy.

According to this view, women were once pre-eminent in economics and politics, but matriarchal rule was overthrown by men at some early point in human history.

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We do not have the space to consider the various theories of matriarchy here, but simply note that there is no evidence for a matriarchal stage in human history. The theories cited above all contain one or male dominance and female submission of the following fallacies: The search for origins will never be definitively settled. But if we are to counter the assertions of inevitable and universal male dominance we must suggest some concrete reasons for the historical appearance and spread of male domination in ancient cultures.

Probably no single historical account will suffice to explain every case: Peggy Sanday focuses on the ways in which gender is used by many societies as an organizing principle on both the structural and male dominance and female submission levels. She has presented a complex account of the conditions under which male dominance and female submission and symmetrical power relations between the sexes are replaced by asymmetry and male dominance.

For example, hunting societies and societies in which large animals play an important part tend to produce distant fathers, masculine creator symbols, and an "outer," animal orientation toward the powers of the universe. Gathering societies, and societies in which animals are less important, tend to produce involved male parents, feminine or couple creator symbols, and an "inner," plant orientation.

However, she is also concerned to emphasize the independent role that symbols play in determining subsequent sex role behaviour male dominance and female submission authority relations.

She suggests that there is an underlying bio-psychological basis for gender concepts that, in turn, male dominance and female submission ireland WV milf personals for behaviour.

For example, casual Dating Yonkers NewYork 10704 suggests that in all societies women are associated with the power to give life, while men are associated with the power to take life. Depending upon natural and historical conditions, one or both powers may be culturally valued and receive ritual casual Dating Vienna SouthDakota 57271. Where food is abundant and fertility is desired, women tend to have ascribed power and female principles are stressed.

Online free sex chat the other hand, where the taking of life is important, as in hunting or warlike societies, men tend to exercise power and male principles are elevated in ritual and social life. However, a high value on male aggression does not automatically or necessarily translate into male dominance, as women up wifes skirt achieve power under some circumstances.

Some societies may segregate the sexes but relations between them may still be balanced and cooperative. Such conditions have arisen in a variety of historical contexts. Under such circumstances, women may voluntarily cede mythical power to men because it is more reproductively efficient to do so and allows both sexes manoeuvering room.

Thus for Sanday the determinants of male dominance are the conjunction of stressful historical circumstances with a prior cultural configuration.

She offers interesting insights into the richness and complexity of sex role plans and the mechanics of sexual inequality. We do not, however, feel that she has been totally successful in her claim to explain the origins of male dominance and female submission, even while she has done much to elucidate its dynamics. But since externally generated stress does not, she argues, automatically or necessarily lead to male dominance, in the final analysis it seems to be the prior cultural configuration that determines the outcome.

We have some difficulty with her emphasis on the independent role of such configurations, which she tends to treat as separate from changing social relations within the culture. Rather than examining the dialectical interaction between a culture's internal evolution and its sex role configuration, Sanday treats the sex role configuration as though it arises independently from internal social male dominance and female submission, determines internal social relations, and changes those internal relations only when it interacts with externally generated sources of stress, such as famine, invasion, or colonialism.

We remain unconvinced by her tendency to give primary emphasis to environmental factors in her analysis of the origins of those configurations. We also question her contention that societies react to stress in fundamentally different ways depending upon their prior cultural configuration. Male dominance and female submission explain the origins of the prior cultural configuration, Sanday relies on a somewhat awkward combination of environmental and bio-psychological factors, neither of which, taken separately or in combination, can account for the ambiguities of the data.

Why do twenty-eight percent of societies with a feminine orientation hunt large animals? Furthermore, Sanday does not really demonstrate that societies with diferent cultural configurations have qualitatively different reactions to stress. She gives no examples of inner-oriented or dual societies that reacted to stress without undermining the status of women. Even the Cheyenne and the Iroquois failed ultimately to resist the social tensions of colonialism and the pressures toward male dominance.

Although Sanday does show that certain kinds of stress, such as war, migration, or environmental conditions, elevate the male role and lead to new sexual fears and tensions, she tends to ignore internal sources of stress that may help to account male dominance and female submission increased social competition and a fearful attitude towards the environment. These are most likely to be associated with the breakdown of community reciprocity, and male dominance and female submission the development of differences in rank or property ownership.

This, in turn, accounted for the Bellacoola's cultural perception of women as dangerous. But it is unclear why this should have been a cultural response among the Bellacoola, while it was absent among the Bemba, a society which suffered male dominance and female submission extreme seasonal food shortages, but where female principles were ritually elevated.

In fact, it is by no means the case that environmentally-caused scarcity always friends on schofield in increased conflict and competition within groups. In some, it may lead to heightened cooperation and sharing. In the case of the Bellacoola, Sanday might have considered both the control of women and the fear of the environment as consequences of other social tensions that were breaking down cooperative interaction and trust.

This certainly might indicate that they were suffering from heightened competition for resources and tensions over social status.

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Such internal socially-based sources of stress might help us explain the evolution of the group's sex role plan and the changes in women's position better than Sanday's environmental analysis, especially since the aggression was directed against only some women, while others participated as male dominance and female submission equals.

In other instances too such an approach might better explain the anomalies in her data and submsision allow her to make better use of her valuable insights. The primary achievement of Sanday's book is to show us that a mechanical explanation of sex roles and status is not possible. Because gender is such a powerfully charged way fejale organizing social interactions, and involves submissiion male dominance and female submission basic bio-psychological processes, disruption in social organization and male-female roles may have far-reaching and complex repercussions.

No review of theories of the origins of sexual inequality would be complete without reference to Eleanor Leacock, who has done pathbreaking work in applying a historical materialist framework to the ethnohistorical record, and in formulating an alternative vision of the social relations of foraging societies. Male dominance and female submission the basis of her research among the Montagnais-Naskapi Indians a society based on fur trappingshe challenged the widely accepted model of the patrilineal band, with its accompanying assumption of sexual inequality, and proposed in its stead that relations between the sexes were both flexible and egalitarian.

Leacock has, in addition, taken a leading role in efforts to revise and build on Engels's original theories about the origins of the patriarchal state. Her most recent and evolved statement is presented in her article "Women, Power and Online local classifieds. The direct producers lost decision-making powers over their lives when the specialization of labor and production of commodities for exchange led to the formation of slave, aristocratic, and merchant classes.

Women in particular lost out because the new economic relations based on exchange were in the hands of male dominance and female submission the first important commodity exchanged, in Engels view, was men's responsibility, cattle ; because these relations male dominance and female submission the communal households women had controlled and transformed women's domestic work into private service; and because the privatization of property through individual inheritance domlnance the budding upper class required control of women's sexuality.

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