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Women of this World

“When we closed the chapter on the series In the Name of Progress, we began to take a closer look at the institution which, in the final analysis, is solely responsible for oppression and exploitation: the patriarchal order. Since we had always endeavoured to present the point of view of the “victims”, the next logical step was to focus on the single largest and most enslaved “colony” of all, on women.
We were not exactly breaking fresh ground. We had travelled around the world during our four years’ tenure with the Stern magazine, studying the relationship between men and women in different cultures. And yet, we were constantly being confronted by something new. It was interesting to see how difficult it was for us to off-load our own cultural baggage!”

Male Supremacy – Never Heard of lt

Sumatra, 1979

Most societies are male-dominated. Women play a lesser part. The man’s claim to supremacy is justified by all sorts of religious, mythical, and biological theories. Not so, with the Minangkabau on the Indonesian island of Sumatra. Women in…

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