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Lecture 8

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Department
Geography
Course
GGR267H5
Professor
Mark Reczkiewicz
Semester
Summer

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Class Eight Describe the various transformations that may occur in a woman’s life. How are they different from a man’s? How do their statuses and roles change? -Women’s life goes through more transformations than men’s. Women’s status and roles change throughout their lives. They progress from daughter, to wife, to daughter-in-law, to mother, to mother-in-law, and finally to grandmother. As young girls, they enjoy the most freedom, and affection from parents or elders. As a wife and daughter-in-law, their status of freedom changes to being at the most constrained. They become the newest member in the family until children come along. As they age and become older to mothers and mother-in-law, to the female head of the household, they become in control of all decision making over domestic matters, then the new juniors take some control from her, which allows the women more freedom to hang out or travel. Unfortunately, some women become widows. They may have to deal with being unwanted and if they become widowed at a young age, they may have no children to care for them. In contrast, a man’s life is spent rooted in his birth location, expected to be economically productive, and the central authority figure. Overwhelmingly, at any age, they’re free to move about as they like; they can go anywhere to hang out and travel What is patriarchy and why must it be part of examining gender in South Asia? -Patriarchy is a society in which men rule. Males are the central authority figure and they hold power over their family. Wives are expected to be subservient to their husband, and a dutiful wife is expected to respect and honor her husband. In South Asia, the societies are predominantly patriarchal. When a son is born into a family, there is greater joy and celebration because males are seen to be more important than females. It is the son who will get a job and earn money to support his family, As for daughters, they face more hardships. In regards to marriage, the family is more worried for their daughter; concerns arise over whether they will find a man who will want to wed their daughter. When she is married, she is sent away to live with her husband, and this means there is a loss of labour. A son gets to stay with his family after marriage and help the family with all its needs. In some places, when they discover that the mother is expecting a daughter, they abort them, which is known as female infanticide. (Butalia) What is the contradiction about Indian women? Why do you think this contradiction exists? -the women’s contradiction was that while they are the most oppressed in the world, they are also the most liberated, most articulated, and the most free. During the 18 years that India had a woman prime minister, the country saw increasing incidents of violence and discrimination against women, and yet at the same time, they had a woman at the highest office of the State. , for every step women take to better their lives, there is also back
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