To live a promiscuous life of free love is often frowned upon, especially for women, but high in the Himalayas of southwest China it is embraced as the norm, and even encouraged!
As well as the women running the house and family, the Mosuo are known for having a highly controversial style of relationship, called ‘walking marriage’. This is where a man or a woman can have as many sexual partners as they want, without getting married. Any children produced are exclusively owned by the woman and her side of the family – fathers in the conventional sense of the word do not exist!
With much of the patriarchal world blindly insisting the man should be in charge of the relationship, perhaps the Mosuo can show us a more satisfying alternative way of life, not just in the bedroom, but in society too.
Join us on a quest that delves into the structure of family and social hierarchy to find a real-life matriarchy!
Books in the series Where Women Rule!
Book1: Warrior Women of the Isthmus
Book2: Unexpected Matriarchs
Book3: Kingdom of Free Love
Book4: Land of Lost Male Rights
Described as feminist books for men, the authors give a balanced and humorous account of their experiences in some of the world's most unusual cultures. Full historic facts and legends, and up to date anthropological research, means this set of books will turn your understand of society literally on its head!
Simon Bird is an artist from the United Kingdom who specialises in working with the social dynamics of culture. Simon has over twenty years’ experience creating arts based projects and film with indigenous tribes from India, Asia, Africa, Latin America and Europe.
Find more on his website: www.travelartist.info
Katerina Karaskova is a human rights and development professional from the Czech Republic who has worked in the field for more than eight years in Guatemala, Uganda, Kenya, London and Prague. Katerina has published the Czech language version of the Where Women Rule project called Kde ženy vládnou with Krigl publishing house.
Discover more on her website: www.katerinakaraskova.cz