An Anthropologist and Feminism, 1974, page 3

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As our attention shifts to attempts to understand women's
roles we see that general descriptive words such as dominance,‘
authority, power, explated, oppressed, must be newly defined
and reconsidered in each ethnographic description. Generalizing
theories based on previous ethnograpwc data have not led us
much beyond Engel's work of the 19th Century. At times the
desire-to prove women's equality with men sometime, some place,
can lead to hurried and, therefore, unworkable generalizations.
Should it prove true, which it has not, that women were never
in an equal or superior position to men, this would not dimi-
nish the possibilities of the future. One need not seek to
build a myth of the past to explain the present and inform
the future. Scientific faith lies in a search for truth not
comforting myths. A number of anthropologists are in the flield
now, collecting data on women in other societies which may
lead us to a new attempt at synthesis and a further understand-
ing of social processes. While in classes it is often frus-
trating to have no answer to students‘ questions, it is also
exciting to discover a fresh and open field in which a new
perspective may find new data, theories, and answers.‘ Does
the oppression of women begin with pastoralism or agriculture-—
which pastoralists, what agriculturalists, is it oppression?‘

My current research is focused on the division of labor
in tribal societies. This focus reflects both an overall

materialist approach to the understanding of culture and a