The Role Of Women In ! Kung Society

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Register to read the introduction… In NISA, the !Kung are stated to be something of an anomaly” and in a society of ancient traditions, men and women live together in a non- exploitative manner, displaying a striking degree of eq1uality between the sexes-perhaps a lesson for our own society.” Children of course have completely different roles than adults, as in our society, and the older adults have slightly more prestige than younger adults, and younger adults are more able to acquire food for the band. The roles of men and women in the !Kung are very typical to what use to be considered the “norm” for the June Ward, Leave it to Beaver generation of my Grandmother. Today most Americans would likely find this arrangement undesirable, and many women do not want to stay at home or can’t due to the cost of living! They are becoming Professionals in the business world and they do not want to give up their careers, thus they have day care, grandparents or nannies raising their children. I believe I am fortunate in having a Mom who was able and willing to stay home with myself and my three siblings because that time with her is and always will be irreplaceable. She now works full-time out of the house and likely gave up her position in business for …show more content…
There is a willingness of the men of the !Kung to perform the work of a woman, such as gathering, or caring for the children and if a man does engage in women’s responsibilities, nothing much is thought of it. Also, as far as equality is concerned, the !Kung men seem to participate in raising their children as often as possible and again nothing is thought of it, as far as being negative. When asked !Kung woman state that they do not want to be hunters as they want to be gatherers and be with their children at …show more content…
The distinction and jobs are divided according to gender and it is a system that has worked for centuries. The !Kung culture provides a look into a dying way of life that use to be the predominant way of life throughout the world and as referenced in the Bible. The men and women had specific duties, not that I am agreeing with this, but it is the women who stayed home and raised the children and the men went to work. If you look at the culture and history of the !Kung people this is exactly how it is! Before agriculture changed the way that people settled into areas, foraging was an important means of survival and whether it is foraging or begging for change it is a way of life and it is necessary in order to have food and water the basics of our need. In spite of the rest of the worlds advancements, the !Kung have remained isolated and have continued to practice a culture that has put an emphasis on mutual cooperation with each other and their environment. It is all about survival and not individual survival but the village’s survival. I find this culture to be very intriguing as it is the rudimentary life style of all of

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