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Sex, Gender & Culture. Political Leadership & Warfare. Political Arena. In almost every known society, men rather than women are political leaders In all countries combined, women on average make up only around 10% of the representatives in national governments. Combat & War.

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Sex gender culture

Sex, Gender & Culture

Political Leadership & Warfare


Political arena
Political Arena

In almost every known society, men rather than women are political leaders

In all countries combined, women on average make up only around 10% of the representatives in national governments.


Combat war
Combat & War

  • In 87% of the world’s societies, women never participate actively in war

  • Why have men dominated the political sphere?

    • Some suggest that men’s role in warfare gives them the edge in all kinds of political leadership

      • They control weapons

    • Force is rarely used to obtain leadership

      • Superior strength is not the deciding factor


Combat war cont
Combat & War Cont.

Three possible explanations for why males not females usually engage in fighting


Sex gender culture

  • Strength

    • Warfare, like hunting, is physically

    • Requires strength

      • Throwing weapons

    • Quick bursts of energy

  • Most dangerous and uninterruptable activities imaginable

    • NOT compatible for childcare

  • Too busy for fertile women

  • **Strength Theory, Compatibility Theory, Expendability Theory


  • Two other factors
    Two Other Factors

    • Male Predominance in Politics

      • Generally greater height of men

      • Why height is a factor is unclear

      • Studies suggest taller people are more likely to become leaders

    • Men get out more

      • Less social restraints

      • Travel further from the home


    Sex gender culture
    !Kung

    Patricia Draper studies the !Kung

    Found that women in settled groups no longer engaged in long-distance gathering

    They seemed to have lost much of their former influence


    New perspective on gender
    New Perspective on Gender

    Why Do Some Societies Allow Women to Participate in Combat?


    The relative status of women
    The Relative Status of Women

    • Many definitions

    • Can mean several different things

      • How much power and authority men and women have relative to one another

      • Rights men/women possess to do what they want to do


    Women of daghara
    Women of Daghara

    • Small town in Iraq

    • Men and women live very separate lives

    • WOMEN

      • Have little status

      • Live their lives mostly in seclusion

        • Staying in their houses and interior courtyards

      • Only go out w/ male approval

        • Shroud their faces and bodies in long black cloaks

        • Cloaks must be worn when in presence of any mixed company---even in the home

      • Excluded from all political activities

      • Legally considered to be under the authority of father or husbands


    Women of daghara cont
    Women of Daghara Cont

    • Sexuality is also controlled

      • Strict emphasis on virginity before marriage

      • Women are not permitted to have even casual conversations with men outside the family

        • Possibilities of premarital relationship or premarital sex are very slight

          • Basically no sexual restrictions are placed on men


    Sex gender culture

    Behind the Veil

    Muslim Women’s Rights


    Equal status of women
    Equal Status of Women

    • Mbuti seem to approach equal status for males and females

      • Have no formal political organization to make decisions or settle disputes

    • If public disputes occur

      • Both males and females take part in settling uproar

      • Females are allowed to make their positions known

      • Opinions are often taken into consideration


    Mbuti
    Mbuti

    • Females

      • Control use of dwellings

      • Equal say over disposal of resources they collect

      • Equal say in who their children should marry

    • Few signs of inequality

    • Females are somewhat more restricted that males

      • Extramarital sex


    Sexuality
    Sexuality

    • All societies seek to regulate sexual activity to some degree

      • Some allow premarital sex

      • Some allow extramarital sex


    Premarital sex
    Premarital Sex

    • The degree to which sex before marriage is approved or disapproved varies across cultures and societies

    • Trobriand Islanders

      • Approve of AND ENCOURAGE premarital sex

        • Important preparation for later marriage roles

        • Complete instruction is given

          • Given multiple opportunities for intimacy


    Ila speaking african peoples
    Ila-Speaking African Peoples

    • Not only encourage premarital sex on a casual basis but encourage trial marriages.

    • At harvest time girls are given a house of their own

      • Play “wife” with boys of their choice


    Discouraged
    Discouraged

    • Tepoztlan Indians of Mexico

      • A girls life became extremely confined after first menstruation

        • Could not speak to males

      • Mother: Responsibility to keep guard the chastity and reputation of daughters

      • Marry at young ages


    Muslims
    Muslims

    • Girls premarital chastity was tested after marriage

      • Blood stained sheets


    Attitudes about sex can change
    Attitudes About Sex Can Change

    • U.S.

      • Sex generally delayed until marriage

      • By 1990s most Americans accepted or approved of premarital sex

    • 1970s the U.S. overwhelmingly rejected extramarital sex

      • 41% of married men

      • 18% married women

    • 1990s proportionately more men and women reported they were monogamous

    • Most societies have a double standard

      • Substantial number of societies openly accept extramarital relationships


    Extramarital sex
    Extramarital Sex

    • 39% of world’s society men have extramarital relationships

    • 57% of the world women have extramarital relationships

    • The Navajo of the 1940s forbid adultery

      • However, young married men under the age of 30 had ¼ of their sexual relationships with women other than their wives


    Chukchee of siberia
    Chukchee of Siberia

    • Allowed a married man who had traveled a long distance to engage with host’s wife

    • Vice versa


    Homosexuality
    Homosexuality

    • Our views?


    Summary
    Summary

    • That humans reproduce sexually does not explain why males and females tend to differ in appearance and behavior, and to be treated differently, in all societies

    • All of nearly all societies assign certain activities to females and others to males. These worldwide gender patterns of division of labor may be explained by male-female differences of strength, by differences in compatibility of tasks with child care, or by economy-of-effort considerations and/or the expendability of men.

    • The relative status of women compared with that of men seems to vary from one area of life to another. Whether women have relatively high status in one area does not necessarily indicate that they will have high status in another. Less complex societies, however, seem to approach more equal status for males and females in a variety of areas of life.

    • Recent field studies have suggested some consistent female-male differences in personality: Boys tend to be more aggressive than girls, and girls seem to be more responsible and helpful than boys.


    Sex gender culture