Cultural Anthropology

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What is the traditional
sexual division of labor in American culture? Is it undergoing a transformation? Among Btsisi’, women and men are respected for the tasks they perform. Do you think this is the case in the United States?

Traditionally, women are the caregivers, the householder, the cook and the cleaner. The men worked and provided the means of survival, the money. It’s silly to think that it has not transformed over time. Many of the other discussions mention the sudden flood of women going into the workforce in the 70’s but it started so much earlier than that. The start of the revolution for women's right started back in the 1900’s - women were being treated disrespectfully because they were women and because women “traditionally” had a place - in the home, in the workforce, in society.

Btsisi not only share the labor but also share equal respect. Instead of dividing the labor duties among the women and the men, they respectfully work together because they are 1 union.

An Inuit mother has just
given birth to a baby. She has a one–year–old baby still dependent on her milk. It is the season of food scarcity, which means the mother is not as well nourished as she could be. She and her husband decide that their older child is a higher priority, and they opt to end their newborn baby's life. Considering the concepts of ethnocentrism and cultural relativism, discuss the practice of infanticide.

This would be a hard thing to personally swallow - in our society, killing a child is a horrific brutal crime (post birth). When i thought about this question I immediately related the situation in to abortion. Yes yes, i know that terminating a baby in the womb and terminated a baby in the flesh is dramatically different, but the idea is or can be relative. A young single mother of 3 becomes pregnant again, knowing she can’t handle/support another human without bringing down the quality of life for the rest of the family and the...
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