Gender Stratification

1121 Words Apr 9th, 2013 5 Pages
Gender Stratification
In this paper, I am going to address gender stratification in relation to Marriage, Sexuality, and Reproductive health issues. I am going to use Monique and the Mango Rains written by Kri Holloway as ethnographic data, which she collected in Mali. My interpretations of gender stratification in Mali are women did not have the rights to choose their husband; women did not have ways to control the sex life and do not have ways to do birth control; women had to face extremely hard reproductive health issues.

To start with, I would like to give some background analysis about gender norms and stratification in Mali. Mali is landlocked in the West Africa and it is one of the poorest countries in the world. According
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The country’s Gender Inequality Index is 0.712, which is really poor. Therefore, Mali had an extremely gender stratification and inequality towards women.

Next, I would like to address gender stratification in relation to marriage. Marriage is a term to describe a social union or legal contract between people that creates kinship. They address each other as spouse. In Mali, a discriminatory family code stopped women to have the rights to choose their own partner. They could not be married with a guy they fall in love. Their marriage was arranged. For example, Monique was arranged to marry her husband when she was a little kid. Kri kept asking herself how her life would be if she had known that who she would be married with when she was five years old. The culture was so different and Kri was never take marriage seriously. The next example I found from the book was Korotun’s unhappy marriage. Her husband Dramane was an alcoholic. One day when he came back to home and was not able to find his wife. He was pissed and thought his wife cheated on him. He was always jealous and insecure. At night, he went out and found out his wife was selling sweet potatoes in the middle of the town and he was drunk and pissed. He slapped her at her face and dragged her back and screamed at her, saying she was flirting with the men (page 47). The third example I want to share was from the Week 7 lecture, which were the…