70% of U.S. poor are female. U.S. women’s wages today about 78% of men’s for same (?) job. Sexism compares to racism, it is difficult to hide your skin color or gender. Ashley Montagu (1974) "In connection with the modern form of race 40
prejudice it is of interest to recall that almost every one of the arguments used by the racists to ‘prove’ the inferiority of one or another so-called ‘race’ was not so long ago used by the anti-feminists to ‘prove’ the inferiority of the female as compared with the male. In the nineteenth century it was fairly generally believed that women were inferior creatures. Was it not apparent to everyone that their intelligence was lower, that they were essentially creatures of emotion rather than of reason - volatile swooning natures whose powers of concentration were severely limited and whose creative abilities were restricted almost entirely to knitting and child birth? For hundreds of years women had played musical instruments and painted, but to how many great female musicians and painters could one point? Where were the great women poets and novelists? Women had practically no executive ability, were quite unable to manage the domestic finances, and, as for competing with men in the business or professional world, such an idea was utterly preposterous, for women were held to possess neither the necessary intelligence nor the equally unattainable stamina. Man’s place was out in the world; woman’s place was definitely in the home." 2002 Males Females U.S. Population 48.8% 51.2% U.S. Senate 84 16 U.S. House 378 57 41
Supreme Court 7 2 Governors 44 6 State Legislators 84.2% 15.8% 1999 College and University students 36% 64% It is becoming more likely that we all will be working for a woman boss in the 21 st century. Women have good memories! Psychological Anthropology Psychology: The science of the nature, functions, and phenomena of the human soul or mind (Oxford Eng. Dict) The study of mental processes and their associated behaviors (Physiological Psych) Deals with those things we consider ‘mental’.i.e. ideas, beliefs, thoughts, motives, attitudes, valuations, symbols, reason, perception, memory, cognition, feelings, and emotions (Langness, 1987) Psychological anthro attempts to understand the mental processes causing cultural behaviors rather than simply recording and categorizing the behaviors as events. Early anthropologists felt that increased behavioral complexity was the result of 42
increased cognitive competence, evolving along with man’s physical features. They were wrong. Recall that human brains haven’t changed much in more than 40,000 years. Culture has evolved as a result of the complex brain we have had for 40 millenia. E.B. Tylor Introduced the term ‘cultural anthropology’ Concluded that available information increases, but that our minds process it in much the same manner that humans always have.
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