Change in Attitudes Beliefs and Practices Regarding Gender

Mission activity and colonization by American settlers in the 19 th century certainly introduced new ideas into Glebo society, particularly surrounding civilized domesticity and the exclusive roles of male breadwinner and female homemaker that still finds expression in the economic restrictions on civilized women. However, it is important to realize that these were not the first changes introduced from abroad, and that the Glebo and other coastal peoples had been assimilating new practices, materials, and ideologies through centuries of trade, first with savannah societies to the north and later with European ships along the coast. In the 1990s, political unrest and civil war introduced new forms of militarization and hypermasculinity drawn from Western action films like the Rambo series (Moran, 1996). As men have been pulled into new forms of violence, women have suffered disproportionately as refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs), unable to carry out their highly valued roles as providers for their children. With peace still elusive in Liberia, the future of sex and gender constructions among the Glebo remain to be determined.

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