THE EMPOWERMENT AND DISEMPOWERMENT OF WOMEN THROUGH MARRIAGE
RULES AND PROCEDURES
ANT 245 A: Marriage, Sexuality and Power
October 29, 2016
Marriages have evolved specific rituals and procedures that can hav
Are the examples in these readings forms of marriage?
What criteria are necessary for a universal definition of marriage?
I believe that the unions of the people in Pacific societies and the Musuo people of China are
forms of marriage. While
Paper 1 Fon Feminism
The way we define ourselves and our communities is based on how we perceive gender,
power, authority, relationships and culture. Another way with which people classify themselves
is through the expression of power and author
How do you compare Fon womens use of sexuality to prostitution? And what are the differences
Throughout the text, there has been the defined notion that women use their sexuality to grant
themselves power over men. However, we are
How does Falen distinguish between authority and power, and do you agree?
Falen uses the gender relations of the Fon people to illustrate the ways that power and
authority differ. He uses Western notions of power and authority to compare ide
How do historical changes influence Fon womens power? How do marriage roles create
opportunities for husbands and wives to exercise power?
The marriages that Fon people experience deal quite heavily in socially constructed power plays. In
How and why are marriage transactions related to a societys economic/production system?
Marriage in some cultures is as much of a financial agreement as a relationship between people.
The wealth that is transferred in this relationship plays
Why does this custom exist? Would you call the initiating woman a husband?
Giyuku women in Kenya are known to take parts in woman-woman marriages and do so with
great compassion. This custom while not the norm, isnt entirely uncommon either.
How might religion/supernatural be both empowering and disempowering to Fon women?
The supernatural is a mysterious and powerful force to all Fon people. Spiritual leaders
and practitioners are widely feared and respected. This goes to inclu