All this machismo stuff about women and men, making claims to representing “the natural order” and so forth. Well, traditional and indigenous societies have another take: polyandry. The article describes extensive polyandry in Amazonian cultures, but it also features in Ladakh, Africa and the Indian subcontinent.

Not only does it have practical uses, it apparently is a powerful mechanism of societal (especially male) bonding, correlates with high paternal investment, keeps land holdings from being split into too many small parts and limits population growth beyond sustainability.

The Semitic religions (Christianity, Judaism and Islam) frown on it. China does too. Nice company.

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