Re: Cultures Where Male Reigns

Robert Snower (
Mon, 12 Aug 1996 02:09:06 GMT wrote:

>In which culture(s) does is the male sex most highly valued?

>How is this reflected in the roles each gender assumes, the economics
>of gender relationships and courtship behaviors?

>Thanks for your information
>A curious bystander

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The following quote is from the Wall Street Journal.

But here in rural India, where about 70% of India's 920 million people
still live, people remain, by and large, what their ancestors were -
and that usually means fixed in illiteracy and poverty.

The lowliest of the low . . . are the bhangis . . . . Ghettoized in
slum colonies, India's 700,000 scavengers, earning pennies a day, move
the flow of human waste for a country in which 650 million people
still lack access to basic sanitation. As with most Indian work, the
dirtiest jobs are done by women and young girls, who still clean pit
toilets by hand and carry the refuse in buckets on their heads.

"You never get used to it," young Nisha says.

Best wishes. R. Snower