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Sarah Ohlinger Dr. Brennan WMS 150 23 October 2009 Women’s Studies Exam 1 1) A patriarchy is a gender ideology that prescribes how women and men ought to behave. Patriarchies privilege men and suppress women from succeeding in society. This doesn’t mean that all men will succeed and all women will fail, it just entails that most men have an advantage over women in society. However, not all patriarchies are the same; they differ in different countries. For example, the patriarchy in Saudi Arabia is much different than in America. Women in Saudi Arabia must be covered up in public, aren’t allowed to vote and are much less empowered than men. In America, women have more rights; however women are still not as equal as men in certain aspects of life such as employment, health benefits, and taxes. 2) Gender is not always the same as sex in every society. For example, according to Evelyn Blackwood’s article, Sexuality and Gender in Certain Native American Tribes: The Case of Cross-Gender Females , “Ideological concepts of gender and sexuality arise from cultural constructions and vary from culture to culture.” The article explains how some Native American tribes, such as the Kaska of the Yukon Territory, the Klamath of Southern Oregon, and the Mohave, Maricopa, and Cocopa of the Colorado River area in the Southwest, gave women the opportunity to assume the male role permanently and to marry women. During puberty, certain women had dreams about becoming men and would go through with the right of passage to become a man, without changing their sex. These cross gendered women would take on male
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roles of the tribe, such as acting, dressing, sitting and talking like men. These women would take on the work of the other sex such as hunting and gathering, weapon making, building houses and providing for their wives and children, just as men would In these tribes, neither women nor men had an inferior role. According to the article, “In
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