Anthropology Essay

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Alice Sewah Professor Migesso Anthropology 2/13/12 Weavers and Wet Nurses In the novel A Crisis of Births: Population Politics and Family-Making in Italy. There are many different issues in the novel talking about life back in Italy in the 1950’s. Each chapter talks about different issues that people in Italy were dealing with. In chapter two there was one that seemed pretty interested to me “Weavers and Wet Nurses” and since my major is nursing I wanted to read further into it. A wet nurse is a woman who breastfeeds a baby that is not her own. According to a 1901 census about sixty-eight percent of the house hold had between about three and seven members. Most women and men occupation connected to the straw weaving industry. That shows that there weren’t any other jobs better than weaving. Even though many women did the same hard labor jobs like the men’s did, it was still count less than what men’s did. In 1893, there was a report on women’s labor signed by the mayor, noted that women’s work was “limited to the fabrication of straw plaits for hats.” They looked up to the women to do the weaving jobs, because they depend on them for the global economy such as hats that are destined for sales in places like Great Britain, U.S, and Argentina. Even though women in Italy work extremely hard, they still don’t pay them enough, so the only way for them to make more money is by working more hours which ranges from 14 to 16 hours a day. They make them work all day through the evening which to is a harsh treatment because they women don’t have the same strength as man to do that kind of job. They work to the point where they can’t even fell their fingers. On top of that they are also responsible for feeding the stall animals; they have to use their own money to provide food for the animals and the family. Men view them as not being

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