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Historical Gender Roles (2) To

Historical Gender Roles (2) To

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Published by Dew Helmer
Let's not kid ourselves..._____________
Let's not kid ourselves..._____________

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What was the Hunter-Gather’s sociological perspective of her/his culture/society?Their social structures and functions were expressed as a crude but pure and necessarycollaboration of natural resources and conditions contiguous to multiple adaptivestrategies and behaviors which self perpetuated by the fact that they either succeeded ofailed, and in doing so sustained or terminated those carrying out said actions or accomplishing said tasks. In other words their view of themselves was in a way, futile, itcould serve no exigent part of daily life. The structure and function of their culture weremerged into a single purpose which in turn gave meaning to all subsequent behaviors andactivities; each group member thus being defined as much by their relation to and abilityto exploit the environment as to each other. The group and individual focus was on thisvery high stakes game of survival; should one or two group members fail, all then might be in jeopardy.This live or die existence resulted in what architects define as“forced perspective”; (a cognitive trick based on minor changes of width to height ratiosthat result in structures appearing taller than they actually are however in the case of our Hunter-Gather’s, nature and physical survival forced roles and determined manifestfunctions by unspoken fiat. Their “perspective” of self and world was “forced”, as aresult of the needs of daily survival, no make up exams allowed) leaving little room for existential angst or attempts at self-actualization. Survival strategies determined group behaviors and cultural norms, there was no oxygen for the development of any sub or counter cultural traits; role strain and conflict were non existent by today’s standards, role
exit would be defined as death. In this stark milieu, gender was probably the penultimaterole determining factor, the primary being any and all activities that resulted in a netsurplus either physical or social to the group and its entropic effects on the phenotype of  possible cultural traits: (i.e. what was expressed, needed expression).Intentional and or subjective efforts to define or alter micro or macro levelelements of group structure and/or individual roles were left to the vicissitudes of life.Yet over time more efficient utilization of resources and plain old good fortune reducedthe survival coefficient of energy output to sustenance from nearly 100% to somethingless and that new proportionality is what began to allow individuals more physical, psychological, and cultural room to influence, nuance and define social-structures, normsand roles in ways that might have resonated naturally with human traits including gender.Pity that no sooner had human kind acquired the ability, privilege, andmagnificence of incorporating reason as an effectual and defining characteristic of our relationship to each other and the world we inhabit, than we abandoned such enlightenedfolly opting instead for a much more practical expression of social-construction based inthe myopic, avaricious, and fallacious belief that might makes right. “Never was there aman who made so little so little that another man with a club could not come and take itaway from him.” Aynn Rand, Atlas Shrugged.Thus dawns the agricultural age and it’s resultant increase in food productionwhich leads to significant increases in population numbers and in turn the advent of larger towns and cities, logarithmically increasing social interactions resulting in the needfor coherent systems or paradigms to make sense of them. This allowed for persons of 

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