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The Importance Of Ridicule In An African Egalitarian Society
Tuesday, November 7, 2017 - 18:45
In an egalitarian society, women's ridicule and derisive public laughter acts as a powerful leveling mechanism, puncturing the pretensions of men who try to throw their weight around.
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Jerome has many years experience in the field, working with the Bayaka hunter-gatherers in the Congo Basin in Central Africa. This is a ground-breaking study of the central importance to women of the link between their bodies and the Moon. Bayaka men are made aware that even though, as husbands, they may have some sexual expectations, the Moon's own demands come first! Women's solidarity is fundamental to the unusually egalitarian dynamics of Bayaka society.