But, this should not be the case. Things such as the property and political advantages could be transferred to the woman by marriage and depended on the mothers’ ability to give birth, and educate their sons. As men would sit through an examination system, the importance of a well-raised and educated son became very evident. A woman’s nurturing of her husband and children were a hallmark of the wife’s ability to help improve the status of the family which she married into. The appreciation of women lied in their talent of being good helpers. For example, being a good helper consisted of a woman’s role as a parent and household manager (Zurndorfer).
Melvyn Goldstein analyzes and explains why male and female Tibetans living in North Nepal choose fraternal polyandry in the article, “Polyandry: When Brothers Take a Wife.” Although Goldstein doesn’t provide an extensive amount of information about fieldwork his research supports cultural materialism and culture constructionist perspectives. It’s clear that cultural materialism is the main reason Tibetans choose fraternal polyandry over monogamous or polygynous marriage.
Many men saw marriages as a business transaction, where women are treated like animals, with the possibility to be traded for property or some type of currency. Marriage was never about love, “As such marriage was a business contract having nothing to do with love. That was what affairs were for”(Marriage & family…). Marriage was only purposeful if one of three aspirations were met, to produce heirs, to obtain money or property, or obtaining a title. Love in marriage was never a thought, in fact it was unworldly. It was not necessarily a problem if the two spouses got along, or if they agreed with each other, love wasn’t a foremost necessity. Each relationship had a specific purpose, usually depicted on social status
Berry, in the Feminism, the Body, and the Machine, makes an argument about what he believes the feminist, who are against his paper about not needing a computer, are missing when they discuss marriage: “marriage as a state of mutual help, and the household as an economy.” I agree.
Categorized into three styles called companionship, dependence, and interdependence, married couples can be ‘in love’, individual with their own separate interests, or maintain a healthy balance within their relationship. Marriage is a tricky institution to navigate, and no one person will get it right, but considering the evolutionary changes of society and popular movements in history, these three styles describe the different marriages and gender roles.
Men are to be instrumental and women are to be expressive. Portraying men are the ones who provide for the family and are head of the household. Men are in charge of the physical needs of family members in terms of income, food, shelter, clothes and education while the women’s main focus is meeting the emotional needs of the family by being the nurturing, comprehending, go to parent that a family needs. Marriage is seen as a mutually beneficial exchange between members of two genders, each of which enacts traditional gender roles, with women receiving protection, economic support, and status from their husbands and men receiving emotional and sexual support, household maintenance, and the production of children from their
When we write we are often confronted with some sort of “rhetorical situation”. This term is best described as a combination of factors. There is a rhetor(s), an exigence, an audience, and specific constraints to consider when analyzing a text. Through an interview with Professor Funnell, who teaches a course that aims to explore the representation of women in various facets of popular culture, I identified how these elements contribute to Beyoncé’s song, Flawless, and consequently discovered how to better address future situations regarding other texts.
One of the main examples of fading tradition is the Hutchinson family; Mrs. Hutchinson particularly. Mrs. Hutchinson is a clear representation of what was known to be the typical housewife. On perhaps the most significant day celebrate by all of the towns people, Mrs. Hutchinson arrives late. Joe Summers comments on her late arrival which she instantly responds back to by saying, “Wouldn’t have me leave all m’dishes in the sink, now, would you, Joe?” (Jackson 106). Her reason for being late presents such a literal visual of the role women were expected to play in a family. Women were expected to stay home and manage household chores along with the children, while men were raised to be strong hardworking providers. In the Hutchinson family, gender roles are well established; very similar to how families were structured in former generations.
Marriage is relationships between individuals which has formed the foundation of the family for most societies. The first thing that comes to mind about marriage is having a lasting relationship. Marriage is a commitment of two people to one another and to each other’s family, bonded by holy matrimony. When a couple plans to marry, they think of raising a family together, dedicating their life to each other. Many people promise many people promise to love their spouse ‘til death do them apart but after reading the stories ,” “55 miles to the Gas Pump”, “popular mechanics”, and the cranes” , through irony, the authors have proven the wrong meaning of marriage.
Equality of genders is a basic human right that all should posses. However, in the novel A Thousand Splendid Suns, by Khaled Hosseini, the reader explores Afghanistan’s true nature of extreme gender inequality towards women and how it affects all the characters within the novel. The novel explores how within a marriage, women have unequal rights, undergo major amounts of physical abuse, and are emotionally and mentally tormented by their very own supposedly beloved husbands.
As Berkin explains, “the father took care to see that his sons learned to read and also write and do sums; for his daughter…it was enough that she could read and sew” (4). Additionally, there were many sacrifices required to wed. A single woman had rights to legal matters, work, property, and heirs to name a few. However, Berkin describes marriage as an, “exchange of her legal persona for the protection and support of her husband” (14). The women were stripped of all possessions and treated as children or criminals within the law (14). Men were required to provide, while women submitted under their authority (15). Although they assumed this would allow for a happy marriage, this ideal was rarely upheld and led to many arguments within the household (15). Influenced by their upbringing, most women married despite these
“Take a look in the mirror and what do you see? Do you see it clearer or are you deceived in what you believe.”- “Human” by Rag’n Bone.
Besides these imbricating principles for belongingness – place of residence and agnatic kinship – a Nuer man is indebted towards his affines as well as age-mates. This manifests in multiple ways. Fighting is a common act in the Nuer society. Although they are raised to solve disputes by fighting, they avoid conflicts with his kinsmen. If one is dead during fighting, the dead man’s kinsmen is obliged to seek revenge on the killer. It is considered a tremendous humiliation if the kinsmen avoids to retaliate the homicide. Therefore, many Neur seek to prevent battles with other lineages. Due to their aggressive nature, fueds frequently erupts among them. As some fueds last for multiple years, some even flare into a bigger scale violence. This
Cultural relativism is the understanding of other cultures in their own terms. To achieve the understanding of the rituals used in the cultures of another, one must be able to look at them from an emic (insider) perspective. One must also be able to look at his own culture from an etic (outsider) perspective. The ability to look at one’s culture from the etic point of view will make it easier to explain the rituals to someone from a different culture, for example, rites of passage. Rites of passage are used to mark a life stage and are celebrated by tradition or religion, meant to separate a specific group. These differ in every culture and some may even appear brutal or abusive to many outsiders, an example would be a Maasai warrior must kill a lion single handedly, tattoos and mutilation after a certain milestone in age. The ones that are more familiar to all would include the courtship, wedding or funeral. According to our text, “ceremonies such as christening, puberty rituals, marriage and funerals, which we hold whenever a member of society undergoes an important change status, within the lifecycle of the group, are considered rites of passage.” (Crapo, 2013 para. 2) Rites of passage are an important part of tradition that often symbolizes a transition from childhood to teenager to adulthood and they even give off a sense of manhood to their family as well as their community. This paper will dig into the rites of passage we call marriage in the American culture, from
The first key part studies the cultural influences on marriage, starting with our societies plethora of options. The overabundance of everyday choices leads people to constantly assess their decisions and