Change in Attitudes Beliefs and Practices Regarding Gender

Although Btsisi' culture is undergoing dramatic changes with land loss, resource depletion, and wage labor, the relationship between women and men remains constant. Women and men remain true partners sharing in their work and sharing in their play. This is atypical, but Btsisi' culture has buffered the most common negative impacts of colonialism and development on women's relationship with men. However, there is slight linguistic evidence suggesting that changes are beginning to occur in the cultural construct of the gender balance in Btsisi' society. In the past, terms of reference and address for affinal kin were the same regardless of the sex of the person speaking or the person being addressed. In 2002, the terms of address and reference for men and women are no longer the same; the terms of address and reference for females have altered. Whether this linguistic change foreshadows behavioral changes is not yet known.

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