Gender Roles In Kathleen Brown's Gender Frontier

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Jamestown, Virginia, an essential source of history about the United States in the early 1600’s. Pocahontas, a daughter of a powerful Indian leader, married an Englishman named John Rolfe and changed her name to Rebecca. She adopted English culture, and have a son together. Pocahontas brings peace between the English settlers and Powhatan confederation. In Kathleen Brown’s article, “Gender Frontier”, she underscores gender role and responsibility in both Native American and English settlers. Gender frontier is the meeting of two or more culturally specific system of knowledge about gender and nature. She also stresses the duties that they played in their societies prior to the arrival of the English people in the early colony in Virginia. Brown …show more content…
The first women to adoptive permanency in Jamestown are the Native American women, not the English women. The daughter of chief Powhatan, Pocahontas, she represents an exceptional circumstance of Indian woman by the Virginia Algonquians. She saved Captain John Smith’s life by warned the English people about the Powhatan attack, her own tribe. Pocahontas plays an important role as a cultural negotiator in between cultures. In addition, English writers also impressed by Indian women easy labor and little pain childbirth. They determine the English women had childbirth pain because they were civilized. Whereas the belief of indigenous women lived closer to the natural surroundings and gave up their savage behaviors made them discharge from “Eve’s curse” (Brown 18). They also fascinated by the indigenous women’s clothing which give the impression of see-through. Whereas the English women wore multiple layers and covered. On the other hand, the Indians belief about the men was, “Males’ hunting and fighting were related to natural life enchanting, with its ironic relationship to the life-sustaining acts of proliferation, protection, and provision. They also identified, earth and corn represented females, the weapons of the hunt, the awards taken from the hunted, and the predators of the animal world symbolized males”. (Brown 15). For instance, men as the strongest gender were thought to be more aggressive, smart, brave and strong minded. On the other hand, women more overseen by their feelings, compassion, soft and modesty. However, English settlers gender differences established themselves in main household tasks and areas of duties, ownerships, and social identities. For example, Englishmen cultivated grain, while women supervised family production such as, gardening, brewing, whirling and dairying. Occasionally when demand for labor was high at harvest time, women also

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