An Anthropologist and Feminism, 1974, page 2
-2- ten or so chapters on tho society as seen through-the eyes of men, one chapter was thrown in, with or uithout apology.’on‘. "women." There are notable exceptions to this statement, yet they are few. My research is gradually becoming focused on women.since it is an area in which we need more solid data. Questions that 'I'an others did not ask in the field five years ago are cri- tical for broadening ethnological theory. The growing reali- zation of ouw own unthought cultural acceptance of women's place and role leads us to re-examine our own data and those of others. Current research by male anthropologists as well as female reflects a newer perspective in which the "obvious" restrictions on women's participation in a society are no longer taken for granted. .The evidence that women are often or usually economically important, emotionally independent .though often politically subordinate is important to shift _our’omn cultural notions of what women may or may not be. It is also of importance in considering the analytic models with which ethnologists work. The assumed homogeneity of "simpler societies is no longer a possible view when one ques- tions the different viewpoints of fifty per cent of the popue lation. Or the reverse question becomes possible-—why do women share the same values as men in some societies when their rewards and lives are so different. A more dynamic »analysis of culture is appearing in which conflict and con- tradictions are as much a part of our expectations as stability.