Gender Conflict Theory

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Conflict Theory (Macro-level)
-Emphasizes that the order of society are based on manipulation and control by dominant groups.
- Focuses on the struggle of the social classes to maintain dominance and power in social systems.

Application – The female superiority model benefits the Mosou women in 2-3 ways.
1. It reduces potential competition from men who are the ‘superior’ sex in other markets and from surrounding areas.
2. It downplays the male contributions in the society.

This Demonstrates that the feminine gender have the upper hand in the community. With this society, as any other, there are subgroups of people who cleave to different beliefs, and have conflicting values and goals to others.

Symbolic Interactionism. (Micro-level)

- Society
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• Who and how many lovers can they choose.
• The choice of pregnancy (Though it is strongly encouraged, it’s not forced upon.)

Structural Functionalism (Macro-Level).
-Segregated roles within the family because these are natural. Men have instrumental roles, while women have expressive roles. This theory argues that men and women have naturally different roles to play and that they are both needed for the family to run in a smooth fashion.
Application – In this context, it is natural for women not to marry in this society and they have sexual freedom. They embrace motherhood strongly and raise families in the maternal side with a solid kindred spirit.
This model, in the current context offers an immense amount of strength in the foundation set for the Mosou women. Both men and women have a common understanding that this is the way things are done around in the locality and they gladly take it in arms.
With a somewhat fair understanding of how the Mosou women hold power in their society, it is questionable: Where will this head in the long run?
It is doubtful that the Mosou women’s power within their surroundings will stand the test of
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Tourists to Mosou bring along with them not only their cameras, but their judgment towards such rare matriarchal societies. Anthony Kuhn mentioned in his article, comments made by the tourists that berate Mosou, using words such as ‘backward’ and ‘primitive’. It could be so, as anyone may be insecure or threatened by something that they do not understand. These assumptions, naturally, cause an irritation to Mosou’s natives. With that being said, tourism’s emergence in Mosou is also ‘survival mechanism’ as Kuhn mentioned. It has boosted the economic structure in Mosou. It seems that they are tolerating the influx of outside influences as it not only presents the bread and butter on their tables but also an economic stability within their households; but they do not accept the ominous views of those unable to understand their matriarchal
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