Is Female to Male as Nature Is to Culture ?

  title={Is Female to Male as Nature Is to Culture ?},
  author={Sherry B. Ortner},
  • Sherry B. Ortner
  • Published 2006
Much of the creativity of anthropology derives from the tension between two sets of demands: that we explain human universals, and that we explain cultural particulars. By this canon, woman provides us with one of the more challenging problems to be dealt with. The secondary status of woman in society is one of the true universals, a pan-cultural fact. Yet within that universal fact, the specific cultural conceptions and symbolizations of woman are extraordinarily diverse and even mutually… CONTINUE READING