Other Cross Sex Relationships

Brothers and sisters not infrequently come into conflict, as the marriage of one often depends on that of the other. Custom demands that they avoid overt recognition or discussion of one another's sexuality, but also that they respect and care for one another. A brother will leave the room, for example, if people start up a conversation about his sister's pregnancy.

Conversely, joking characterizes the relationship expected of brothers-in-law. Marriage establishes lifelong exchange links between a man, his sisters' husbands, and his wife's brothers. Island etiquette demands that brothers-in-law, who also often have good cause for conflict, maintain good relations through stylized joking, rather than avoidance. The same is true, to a lesser extent, of sisters-in-law. A woman also calls her brother's children by the kin term that means "younger sister." Since these children eventually may become her son-in-law and daughter-in-law, this practice may similarly smooth affinal relationships.

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