The Economics of Patriarchy (Academic paper)

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The Economics of Patriarchy Kathryn Gunning Academic Paper November 15, 2007 Sociology 1001—117
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Patriarchy, or male authority (Ballantine and Roberts 2007: 305), is prevalent in US society; but now it seems that in the United States women are a lot closer to being equal to men. However, in Tanzania patriarchy dominates how their economy is run and how they live their lives. Using the conflict perspective to watch Darwin’s Nightmare , we can see that men in Tanzania treat women as inferior to keep what little power they do have economically, leaving women few choices to earn a living; this is important because it shows how different their gender roles are from our society. In Tanzania, near Lake Victoria fishing is a major part of the economy; however, only men are the ones out fishing or the ones employed in the fish factories. Women have few options to earn a living; one way is to turn to prostitution. One woman, named Elizabeth ‘Eliza’ Mangana Nsese, talked about wanting an education to better her life, but there is so little opportunity for anyone there, especially women, so she must be a prostitute because that is one of the few “jobs” for women there in Tanzania. Education isn’t offered to most men in Tanzania, which is why most are poor fisherman, but it is even worse for many women. (Sauper: 2004). The young women prostitutes are the “girlfriends” to the pilots who fly fish from Tanzania to other countries. They risk their health and a life to earn a living, unfortunately, Eliza was murdered by a pilot when she was “working”. Many young women in Tanzania are so desperate to make money to earn a living they don’t realize they jobs they must resort to are very dangerous and could kill them. Most don’t see the consequences of putting themselves in that situation until it’s too late. Women are so devalued in many societies that violence can be common, “Men exploit women’s labor and sexuality in order to continue the current social order,” (Ballantine and Roberts 2007: 171). This mentality that men have makes them want to keep women in subordinate positions to keep their power economically, by having women do
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things like prostitution there are better jobs available for them. In the United States there is
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This note was uploaded on 02/26/2008 for the course SOCY 1001 taught by Professor Walden,gle during the Fall '07 term at Colorado.

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