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In this way genders emerge from the social process as unequal. Their inequality then becomes the foundation for further transformations, and gender relations become fundamental regula ting relations in all social formations. No field can be investigated meaningfully without complementary research into the ways in which gender relations shape and are shaped. When these are ignored (as is traditionally the case), an image of all relations as implicitly male gains general acceptance. Opposing this tendency and forcing the sciences to research the ‘forgotten women’ was the great contribution of the feminist movement of the last third of the twentieth century.
It contains in itself in miniature all of the antagonisms which later were widely developed in society and the state. : 53) It can be inferred from the study of Morgan and Marx that war and private property determined gender relations which undermined the originary community and thus promoted development on the basis of inequality. Unfortunately, Marx was largely silent about a form of ethnological research which considered the activity and lives of women beyond the realities of who was allowed to marry whom and how descent in the female line and ur-communism were connected.
In German this is particularly noticeable when the concept of gender relations is expressed in the singular as ‘the gender relation’, which appears in almost all scientific studies (of the 145 relevant titles which, according to an internet search, appeared in German in the period 1994–2000, only four use the concept in the plural); in English, the plural is used exclusively, while ‘gender’ 34 | two appears only in the singular. The singular may be appropriate, if it is a matter of the proportional representation of men and women in selected areas.