Category: Relationships and Society > Cultures
Asked by: trashy75-ga
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09 Mar 2006 09:57 PST
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Question ID: 705390
in what circumstances and in what kinds of society is being a mother an asset for a womans status? and when is it a liability
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From: lilsosh-ga on 10 Mar 2006 12:11 PST
being a mother can be an asset in terms of the transition to adulthood. in many societies the males have tests they must undergo inorder to transform into men, women have childbearing to show that transition.
From: irlandes-ga on 16 Mar 2006 17:03 PST
Yes, Margaret Mead made a very strong case for this. Going by memory she said both men and women to be happy need to be affirmed as members of their gender. She said women were affirmed as women by bearing and raising children, seems like she added this would be true unless women were specifically taught differently. However, men are not really affirmed by aiding in conception, (though I know some men who think so...) So she said every society must provide some means for men to affirm their maleness. It is interesting that our society in the US has pretty much made it illegal for men to have any unique role whatsoever to affirm their masculinity. Those who wonder what is wrong with men today should try to understand this. In years gone by, men were allowed to be primary breadwinners as a masculine role. Gone. In more primitive societies, men were allowed to be the warriors as a masculine role. Gone. Etc.
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