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How religion promotes confidence about paternity

In anthropology, gender, religion, sociology on June 10, 2012 at 21:39

 

How religion promotes confidence about paternity, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Phys.Org, http://phys.org/

In the traditional religion, menstrual taboos are strictly enforced, with women exiled for five nights to uncomfortable menstrual huts. According to Strassmann, the religion uses the ideology of pollution to ensure that women honestly signal their fertility status to men in their husband’s family.

“When a woman resumes going to the menstrual hut following her last birth, the husband’s patrilineage is informed of the imminency of conception and cuckoldry risk,” Strassmann said. “Precautions include postmenstrual copulation initiated by the husband and enhanced vigilance by his family.”

“The major world religions sprang from patriarchal societies in which the resources critical to reproduction, whether in the form of land or livestock, were inherited from father to son down the male line,” Strassmann and colleagues write. “Consistent with patrilineal inheritance, the sacred texts set forth harsh penalties for adultery and other behaviors that lower the husband’s probability of paternity. The scriptures also place greater emphasis on female than on male chastity, including the requirement of modest attire for women and the idealization of virginity for unmarried females.”

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  1. It’s easy for a woman to cheat if she’s also on her monthly period as well. And that also means modest behavior for women as well. She’s not allowed to act on her sexual desires about men either, nor rape them. She could be treated harshly for that as well.

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