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Title:When Male Becomes Female and Female Becomes Male in Mande
Author:Kone, Kassim
Periodical:Mande Studies
Geographic term:Mali
Subjects:gender relations
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Women's Issues
Cultural Roles
Sex Roles
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/44093482
Abstract:This paper explores some forms of the ideologies of masculinity among the Bamana (Mali) as well as some contextual sociocultural challenges to such ideologies in cultural and linguistic behaviours. An ideology of masculinity among the Bamana is based on the belief of the supremacy of the male biological heritage over the female heritage in procreation. This is reflected in the typical distribution of sex and gender roles. However, there are many instances when males play culturally female roles and vice versa. While there seems to be some degree of subordination of women, a clear picture of the gender relations requires an understanding of women's roles and their power and authority in their families of orientation. Similarly, an understanding of Bamana male domination must take into account the complexities of men's relationships with their sisters and their sisters' children as well as the increasing authority of mothers and wives as they grow older. The patrilineal ideology and its power over the Bamana society must also be seen in the light of both the public and private aspects of such an ideology. Bibliogr., notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]