An Anthropologist and Feminism, 1974, page 6

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terms of women's position as well as men's than are strati-
fied societies. _
“I plan to further broaden my study to analyze the basic
structures of tribal societies, kinship and marriage exchange.
I am involved in the speculation that kinship structures si-
multaneously eliminate competition over critical resources
while instigating competition over women. Brothers are ex-
pected to share food; but they are placed by the kinship_
system in competition for precisely the same women. The
incest taboo which establishes the network of kinship roles
and the definition of possible mates mould be viewed then

as an adaptive human invention whech structures societies

.so that they may maintain a viable re1ationship—between

population and resources.

If my analysis is successful, and it is too soon to

know, it would elucidate many of the complexities of kinship~»

organized societies-~a pure anthropological aim. Clearly the
impetus to this theoretical goal rests not only with the

traditional anthropological conern with kinship systems,

but with the influences that surround me. A couple of critics

have commented that some of my work is a "womenklib" tract.
It is not consciously so, nor have I manipulated or ignoredl
data. but I am delighted if my increasing awareness of the

contribution of women creates a new insight from a new per-

spective.