Gender Roles In Paleolithic Times

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As we go through history class after history class, as students we realize that life and lifestyles have changed. If you haven’t noticed but not in every year of this earths existence did they have an iPhone or a flat screen television. The way the household has changed over the years also family values have changed as well. People get married these days because two people love one another. Child bearing and the way it is conducted has some differences but in child bearing it is mostly the same in all time frames. For example: Paleolithic time people married for who could provide more for each other. Now that was the beginning of comparing the two time frames. You will see in this paper that there are a lot of different changes. Now get ready …show more content…
The “bride” was more often than not in pre-teens/early teens. The groom typically moved to the brides’ parents so they could oversee the couple function on a daily basis. The daughter was so close to the parents so they could represent her in a time of conflict. Also, the marriage extended parents social life with the grooms’ parents. Given the fact the son-in-law lived in the village the parents made daily living very comfortable (Shostak, 116). In current times the roles have changed a lot. Now, we get married in later in life. Although some couples still do get married in their later teens. We have the choice to marry who we would like to. More often than not most couples have already moved in with their suffinant other. Generally you also have two different sides of seating one for the brides’ side and one for the grooms’ side. In present times parents don’t help to make daily living so comfortable like back in the paleothlic. Like in the Paleolithic time frame usually the bride’s parents side with daughter in a time of …show more content…
In the paleothic time child bearing was very common. The female could start very young and keep going. That is as long as she stayed in good physical condition. Back then was a lot different. They had no medicine to help them bare with the pain. No midwives or medical team to help them through it (Shostak, 161). In fact, it wasn’t practical for the man to be near the woman while she was in labor. By having this little assistance it lowered the chances of infections. Without the help of modern medicine death rate was fairly low. Example: two deaths out of five hundred births. Reason being is led to be believed because of the womens rather stoical attitude toward childbirth. Meanwhile this was the cultural ideal way. Some women did often help, usually from her mother. If she was living with her husbands family she would receive help from his female relatives’. In their culture having an uncomplicated childbirth is reflecting her full acceptance of the child bearing. In contrast to that a complicated childbirth may be seen as rejection of child (Shostak, 161). They also didn’t believe in all the vaccinations. Present times have differed depending on woman’s pain tolerance. It is not uncommon for woman to birth children at a young age still to this day. Even with modern medicine available some women don’t want the medicine. This reason being they would like to experience the full potential of child bearing.

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