Women In Aboriginal Society Essay

1524 words - 7 pages

“Daughters of the Dreaming” personally recounts the findings of Diane Bell during her 18 month field study of aboriginal women in central Australia between 1976 and 1978. The intent of her study was to observe the ritual practice of women, something not previously focused on by anthropologists in part that Bell’s predecessors were male and not particularly welcome into the world of female ritual and in part that it was believed women did not have as much to contribute to society as the men did. The focus of Bell’s research was in Warrabri, where she spent most of her time with Warlpiri and Kaytej groups, more so with the former. By centralizing her research on women’s ritual Bell learned how ...view middle of the document...

To further describe the independence of aboriginal women, the jilimi is necessary. Jilimi are the residence, refuge, and ritual centers of women and women alone. It gives women the opportunity to maintain their social separation from men and is a supportive environment for those uncomfortable with situations of their life, such as a young bride that is not yet ready to be with her husband or those seeking shelter from their intoxicated spouses. The main appeal of the jilimi is that it is the central powerhouse of women, where they have sole authority and autonomy.
Food
Contrary to typical forager societies, aboriginal women gather as well as hunt small game (generally the only meat available) on top of being responsible for child rearing. Women gathered a variety of foods that include roots, seeds, berries, honey ants, lizards, goannas, snakes, rats, frogs, birds, crabs, mussels, fish, and when found larger game like echidna, cat, and perentie. With caches so varied it is arguable that women are responsible for a majority of the nutritional support of social groups. Unlike other societies, upon the return trip back to camp whatever was culled was consumed on the way. In this way the women again differ from the men who bring their collection back to be distributed amongst everyone. The hunting parties of men were also smaller than that of women’s, though the women did also bring the children along. An illustrative quote regarding this matter of food consumption is of a man telling Bell “That’s what happens when you stay in camp.” (page 56) in response to the idea that if men wanted to eat what the women got, then they should have accompanied them.
Western Involvement
In the mid to late 1800’s, westerners began moving in on the aboriginal territories. Bell describes situations in which ‘pacification’ was attempted, stories that she had heard from the older of women. Pacification was the intent of westerners to subdue and control the aboriginals to gain the lands they resided. This resulted in a negative response from the aboriginals, as they were attempting to ignore these thought to be transients but no longer could. Violent occurrences sprung as the westerners gather up the many widespread small groups and forced them into larger settlements, something unfamiliar to the natives.
It was in these settlements that the white influence truly started seeping into aboriginal culture. Here, the idea that women were subservient and dependent upon men was to be enforced on the aboriginal women. Westerners assumed that men were the sole holders of power and were responsible for all political action, as in white culture. A mistake on their part, as traditionally women held as much sway in the social group as then men. Because of this belief, only men were consulted on issues, while attempts to put women into the lesser housewife type role continued. Even though western culture tried to prevent aboriginal women from working equally as men do, it is continued...

Find Another Essay On Women in Aboriginal Society

American Women in Society Essay

2194 words - 9 pages Throughout history women in the Americas have played a mayor role in society. In a time where women could take care of themselves, they could own property and enforce laws. Even after their rights were taken away by the arrival of the Europeans in 1462. Women did not have control over themselves, could not own property and did not have political rights. They continue to have a big influence on the construction of the US government. Today times

Women in Society Essay

2495 words - 10 pages The role of women in society has always been an issue throughout the ages and throughout Western Europe, and more or less all over the world. Before the age of the Enlightenment, or the Dark Ages, women were always seen as secondary to men in all aspects. Most reasons were religious while others were just the way life was then. By the late 18th century, at the time of the French Revolution and the continuance of the Enlightenment era, the role

Women in Greek Society

1570 words - 6 pages Women in Greek Society Dating back to ancient times, the role of women has never reached true equality with men. We can trace this inequality back to as early as the great Athenian society, where life as we know it today started taking form. On the other side of the inequality, throughout the ancient history of the world, the roles and positions that women have had have improved over time. We can see this tracing time from Athens, to

Women in Muslim Society

2526 words - 10 pages Women in Muslim Society           The role of woman, her position and status in society, and her nature have been issues of debate and discussion informed by religion, tradition and culture, misogyny, feminism and - many times - downright ignorance and bigotry. In discussing the role of women in contemporary society there are three main areas that can be addressed. The perceptions of woman within contemporary Muslim societies. The status

Women In Modern Society

1589 words - 7 pages The 19th century was an unfavorable period for women and woman’s rights. It was a period in which society was dominated by males, where the primary source of income in the family and also the final decisions in the house were left to the man. Child rearing was often left to the women and women of a higher class were responsible for managing the maids and nurses who took care of the children. Today's modern 21st century is a tremendous step

Women in Society Role

769 words - 4 pages best friend in real life, I’ve realized the world of today has changed much, women allowed to vote, have equal rights as men, fairly being treat by society but in most Asian cultures, there are still remain the fact that the girl can’t have babies without being married.In asia’s history, ordinary people never accepted women should have babies without a husband. Men were always powerful and important than women in public and in family role. Today woman has about equal right as man, but society seems to never completely accepted that fact. 

Women in Society

3184 words - 13 pages newsface: what the problems are, why they exist, and a bitabout what needs to be done to cure these problems.Liesbet van Zoonen's book included a chapter titled'Media Production and the Encoding of Gender.' It showedhow society views women in the media. The expectations offemale anchorwomen in part stems from the overall view ofwomen on television--whether it be in a movie, musicvideo, or soap opera. This was relevant to my paper inanswering the

Women in Society

1412 words - 6 pages that it is not impossible for other women to reach their goals, hopes, and dreams. Closing Question: Is gender segregation in the workforce evident in the modern era? Although Virginia Woolf’s essay is over eighty years old, some aspects of it are still applicable to society. As shown through the use of rhetorical questions, an extended metaphor, and allusion, she persuades her audience to try and break down their insecurities in order to

Women in Muslim Society

2098 words - 8 pages 1 ABSTRACTIn the western society today there is a stereotypical belief that Islamic women are treated unequally and cruelly. The object of this report is to challenge this stereotype and the argument of gender equality within the Islamic Religion/Muslim society.2 INTRODUCTIONThe status of women in the Muslim society is neither a new issue nor a fully settled one. The position of Islam on this issue has been among the subjects presented to the

Women In Muslim Society

1673 words - 7 pages Women in Muslim Society      Muslim society over the centuries has treated women as second class citizens. It's been this way since the beginning of time. Women are treated in this manor for a number of reasons, but all leading back to the Quran. Women are considered inferior to men, are treated unfairly in marriage, and even are oppressed legally, but all are approved of in the Quran. It describes in detail the way

Women in Society

895 words - 4 pages react, extremely emotional and very opinionated. While in a position of power, three of Virgil’s main female characters, Dido, Venus and Juno, allow their emotions to dictate many of their decisions and reactions on matters, thus projecting a common stereotype of how women are viewed in society. Among the three women, Dido’s story may add the most fuel to the stereotypically, ‘emotional women do drastic things’ fire. Though the fact is only

Similar Essays

Aboriginal Women Are Oppressed In Society

1851 words - 7 pages Throughout history, women have been the victims of oppression in society. In specific, Aboriginal women have suffered through racism, sexism, domestic violence, and over-representation. Through the implementation of the Indian Act, Aboriginal women have been forced to abandon their culture in order to assimilate into Canadian society. The effects of colonization has changed the way Aboriginal women are treated; emotionally and physically, and

Discrimination Against Aboriginal Women In Canada

725 words - 3 pages towards them. Although aboriginal people are not considered as visible minorities, this population continues to struggle for their existence like any other visible minorities group. Although both aboriginal men and women are being discriminated in our society, the women tends to experience more discrimination in public and private sphere and are constantly the targeted for violence, abuse and are victimized. In addition, many of the problems and

Women In Irish Society Essay

1625 words - 7 pages There are many way in which a man can achieves a higher status than women in today’s society. Galligan (1998) shows that in 1991 women only made up 33.5% of the work force in Ireland. The economic difference between men and women are self explanatory with all the facts and figures given. However, I do not want to concentrate wholly on economic reasons such as minimum wage or women in the workforce but more so I want to concentrate on factors

Women In Western Society Essay

1028 words - 4 pages WOMEN IN WESTERN SOCIETY Since the beginning of mankind women have been dominated by men. They were to obey and serve man. Their main role in society was to bear children, take care of the household and to be loyal and faithful to their husbands. They were to remain subjects to males. Many viewed women as slaves to man and that should be placed in a household where they belong because women could not perform the tasks of men. During the