Response 5 - Stephanie Salome Jon Nyquist May 4 2016...

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Stephanie Salome Jon Nyquist May 4, 2016 Response 5: Women as Gifts The Traffic in Women: Notes on the “Political Economy” of Sex , by Gayle Rubin explains how in kinship relations men are given power over women. Thus, women are oppressed and exchanged as a “gift.” Women are labeled as a gift when they are given away by their fathers to their soon to be husbands. Kinship, according to professor Kramer, “is a system of meaning and power that social groups/cultures create to determine mutual expectation, rights, and responsibilities.” In this case men have rights over the women they marry and the expectation is that women serve their husbands. This can then cause women to become oppressed by their partners. One has to pay attention at the fact that, as Rubin puts it, “the significance of gift giving is that it expresses, affirms, or creates a social link between the partners of an exchange” (Rubin 172). This link is between the father of the bride and the man she is marrying, but it also develops kinship between the bride and groom.
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