Kianna Little Anth 316Essay Exam 31.When assessing why women have so many children even though that is not the way of an ideal family, it is important to look at the cultural aspects surrounding reproductive choices and birth control. Hughes shared that 85% of Brazil’s population is considered to be catholic, therefore, Catholic “morality” mandated their reproductive decisions and obligated that women “Cooperate with god and nature” essentially assigning it a women’s duty to procreate (Hughes, 337). Birth control was not common either as most of the population was under the impression that the birth control pill would cause extreme illness (Hughes, 333). Tubal ligation was restricted as well because it went against the teachings of the Catholic church and much of the population were nominal Catholics (McKee, Lecture 10). Only 44% of women actually marry, and impoverished women in Bom Jesus were not guaranteed work, food, comfort and health, however, sexis something they refuse to give up (McKee, Lecture). For impoverished women sex is something that brings them happiness for free and was likely unprotected so many pregnancies is a sensible outcome.