Gender Roles In Yanomami Culture

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There are two specific genders within the Yanomami culture, male and female. Like many cultures, patriarchal characteristics are dominant and women’s position in society is much lower than men. That is, women are inferior and subordinate to men. The main role of the females is the child bearing and productive roles in their household which they start at an early age. Gender roles are strictly defined in the culture and married women are subject to physical violence by their husbands if they fail to properly perform their duties. This may look harsh and inhumane to a Westerner with an ethnocentric feminist perspective. To them, this “mistreating” of females can only be interpreted as a crime of domestic violence, something that should be eliminated

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