the logic of culture’s arguments…

Indeed the fact of woman’s full human consciousness, her full human involvement in and commitment to culture’s project of transcendence over nature, may ironically explain another of the great puzzles of “the woman problem”-woman’s nearly universal unquestioning acceptance of her own devaluation. For it would seem that, as a conscious human and member of culture, she has followed out the logic of culture’s arguments and has reached culture’s conclusions along with the men.

In other words, women’s consciousness – her membership, as it were, in culture – is evidenced in part by the very fact that she accepts her own devaluation and takes culture’s point of view.

Sherry B. OrtnerIs Female to Male as Nature Is to Culture? in Woman, Culture, and Society, Stanford University Press, 1974, p.76


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