essay 1 - Madelene Kirouac Essay Exam 1 1 Kung women are the primary economic providers of their group(Shostak 1981 216 Although the Kung men do hunt

essay 1 - Madelene Kirouac Essay Exam 1 1 Kung women are...

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Madelene Kirouac Essay Exam 1 1. Kung women are the primary economic providers of their group (Shostak 1981; 216). Although the Kung men do hunt and provide for their families, and other dependents of their group, the Kung survives mainly on the vegetable based diet provided by the gathering of the Kung women. In fact, Kung men preferred to have co-wives not only for of the obvious sexual benefit but because it would give the advantage of another substantial provider of food for his family (Shostak 1981; 151). This is mainly because hunting is such an inconsistent event. It could take days for a kill to happen, unlike gathering, which can be done in about a day and supply plenty of food for the whole family. The Kung men have no power over when or what the women gather, either. The women gather as they wish and do it with pride, knowing that even if their husbands are not able to bring home food for that night, the family will still be well fed. Along with providing the main source of food, Kung women have full control over the distribution of what she has gathered.
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