I am in love with this text, and fascinated by the research into other cultures, including but not limited to:
- The Amazonian culture where they believe that the fetus is an accumulation of semen, which leads a pregnant woman to continue having sex in order to make the fetus grow. She also has sex with different men in order to transfer characteristics like athleticism, kindness, humor, and good looks to the baby.
- The Mosuo people in rural China who created a matriarchy. Women invite any man they want into their rooms for sexual relations, so long as he is gone by morning. There are no long-term relationships and no expectation of marriage. She is welcome to have sex with the same man every night or even different men in the same night with no judgment. Men are expected to help raise their sisters’ children, as there is no way of knowing what children “belong” to them.
- The bonobos - primates as close to humans as chimpanzees but with reduced aggression and increased promiscuity.
Seriously. Go buy this book now and devour it. I find it truly enthralling in every way.