Re: Four fields and teaching intro courses

Ruby Rohrlich (rohrlich@GWIS2.CIRC.GWU.EDU)
Wed, 5 Apr 1995 19:24:54 -0400

Yes, Tom, I am aware of the cases you mention, and once wrote a paper on
"women hunters." I am glad you're recalling these data, and actually
have the feeling that they carry more weight when presented by you than
by me. I am talking about our gender roles and the validity they have
for our world; I have no inferiority complex as you may have gathered.
Thanks a great deal for your informative post. Ruby

On Wed, 5 Apr 1995, Tom Riley wrote:

> I see a little problem with this scenario, Ruby. I don 't dispute that
> women gathered, but I can guarantee you that they also participated heavily
> in hunting, especially communal net hunting in tropical forests (see Mbuti
> for this) and seal and walrus hunting among Inuit, Bison hunting on the
> high plains, etc. Today they also hunt in small single sex groups in
> northern Luzon in the Phillippines - see Griffin and Estokio-Griffin for
> reference to this. It is also clear that men gather in some societies
> today, especially where they are major shaman. What is not clear is that
> the categories that we have established for the sexual division of labor
> are as categorical as we would like them to be. Coinsider the Manly-Women
> of the Blackfoot in activities that we would categorize as "male".
> Just a couple of niggling details here. Grin
> Tom
> Thomas J. Riley
> University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign