Gender Relations in Australian Aboriginal Societies Term Paper by Master Researcher

Gender Relations in Australian Aboriginal Societies
An analysis of the gender relations in Australian aboriginal societies.
# 38617 | 1,900 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Oct 13, 2003 in Anthropology (Australian) , Women Studies (Women and Society)

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This paper examines Australian aboriginal society and finds that the world of the aboriginal Australians is very much male-oriented. The paper then discuses how the difficulty is that many of the women in this society cannot empower themselves because their society fights so-called "Westernization." The paper emphasizes how in doing so, their society limits the real choices that women can make in their own lives.

From the Paper:

"In Australian aboriginal societies, the men are considered sacred, while the women are seen as profane. Indeed, the world of the aboriginal Australians is very much male-oriented. Things that are masculine are often connected to the cultural realm, while things feminine are linked to the natural realm. While this obviously empowers women in its own way, men remain superior. It is obvious that sometimes our Western perspective confuses us, and makes us think that women are oppressed in other cultures, when in fact they are not. Nonetheless, there are some realities that are simply universal, and oppression is what it is no matter what culture exists. The unfortunate thing is that many aboriginal women believe they are fighting "Westernization," when in fact they are only limiting their own options.
The male aboriginal in Australia lives very much in a world that is rooted in tradition and sacred superstition. This reality often works in the males' favour. In the aboriginal society, portraits abound of men with painted faces. This gives a certain power to the males, since females live in invisibility.
"(Scollay & Tweedie, pp.647-648). Many of the rituals that exist in this society are male-centred. Women, therefore, are marginalized to a sphere where they do not have very much power. This shows a profound inequality in the society."

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