Why Women Hunt

@article{Bird2008WhyWH,
  title={Why Women Hunt},
  author={R. Bliege Bird and D. Bird},
  journal={Current Anthropology},
  year={2008},
  volume={49},
  pages={655 - 693}
}
An old anthropological theory ascribes gender differences in hunter‐gatherer subsistence to an economy of scale in household economic production: women pursue child‐care‐compatible tasks and men, of necessity, provision wives and offspring with hunted meat. This theory explains little about the division of labor among the Australian Martu, where women hunt extensively and gendered asymmetry in foraging decisions is linked to men’s and women’s different social strategies. Women hunt primarily… Expand

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