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A woman on the Edge Gender Inequality There have many elements of gender inequality discussed throughout the semester One point that I found interesting was the ideal that the reproductive ability of women created a power imbalance so strong that the society of the future has to come up with a way to remove this imbalance by industuralinzing in a sense reproduction Kimmer Merssner 1998 I have mixed feelings about this because on the one hand I feel that men desires to conquer women does derive form anger fear over our reproductive ability and without that the root source of so much violence against women would be gone on the other hand a womens birth is natural sacred and significant role that deserves respect instead of cooption Another thing along those lines is for many women who choose not to have children or cannot the course has redefined what it means to women In other words we are not locked into out biology The course brought out the concept of motherhood and parenthood so that includes men and women and people who dont biologically have children Sometimes when respect is afforded to the women in society who have given birth to children it is not afford to those women who havent Richardson 1997 Also we have seen and discussed whom women have been thought of as objects that can reproduce We have seen how society has allowed it possible to do all sorts of inhumane things to them These elements of gender in equality are addressed in the book Woman on the Edge of Time In the society of Mattapoisett Lucientes place of habitation people live very simply in what we would consider a sustainable manner Every element of their lifestyle is crafted with care From the moment a child is brought into being to the moment of death community practices and ritual cover all and yet there is also a great deal
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