sexual politics – sociological 3b

and this is important
the chief contribution of the family in patriarchy is the socialisation of the young (largely through the example and admonition of their parents) into patriarchal ideology’s prescribed attitudes toward the categories of role, temperament, and status.

all are to be blamed, the father the mother the grandmother the grandfather the caste the system, the family system …. !
however modern or enlightened the present day parents’ grasp of cultural values is , it only goes to make a slight differences of definition in the attitudes

over a period of time,the general effect of uniformity is achieved, through various pressures and circumstances
and these are further reinforced through peers, schools, media, and other learning sources, formal and informal.
while we may niggle over the balance of authority between the personalities of various households, one must remember that the entire culture supports masculine authority in all areas of life and – outside of the home – permits the female none at all.

to insure that its crucial functions of reproduction and socialisation of the young take place only within its confines, the patriarchal family insists upon legitimacy.
Bronislaw Malinowski describes this as “the principle of legitimacy” formulating it as an insistence that “no child should be brought into the world without a man – and one man at that – assuming the role of sociological father.”
by this apparently consistent and universal prohibition (whose penalties vary by class and in accord with the expected operations of the double standard) patriarchy decrees that the status of both child and mother is primarily or ultimately dependent upon the male !
and since it is not only his social status, but even his economic power upon which his dependents generally rely, the position of the masculine figure within the family – as without – is materially, as well as ideologically, extremely strong.


although there is no biological reason why the two central functions of the family (socialisation and reproduction) need be inseparable from or even take place within it, revolutionary or utopian efforts to remove these functions from the family have been so frustrated, so beset by difficulties, that most experiments so far have involved a gradual return to tradition.
This is strong evidence of how basic a form patriarchy is within all societies, and of how pervasive its effects upon family members.
It is perhaps also an admonition that change undertaken without a thorough understanding of the sociopolitical institution to be changed is hardly productive.
And yet radical social change cannot take place without having an effect upon patriarchy.
And not simply because it is the political form which subordinates such a large percentage of the population (women and youth) but because it serves as a citadel of property and traditional interests.
Marriages are financial alliances, and each household operates as an economic entity much like a corporation.
“the family is the keystone of the stratification system, the social mechanism by which it is maintained.”

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