Thursday, February 10, 2011
Is a Society Where Men and Women Have Equal Rights Possible? A Look at the Mbuti of Africa
For centuries, social scientists, theologians, historians, and philosophers hypothesized that a society where men and women had equal rights could exist in "theory," but had maintained the perspective that circumstances supporting such a society would be extremely rare, and temporary at best. Eurocentric ideals supported the premise that individual survival depends on societal organization, societal survival depends on institutional progress, and progress depends on the intentional delineation of social responsibilities according to one’s abilities. This perspective concluded that a society could not survive if it did not exploit its resources–through forced labor, slavery, and threat of violence; and that included the strengths and weaknesses of its people. Read more . . .