Re:sound #178 The Matriarchy Show

This week: the mother reigns supreme.

2013 / TCF / WBEZ 91.5, USA


This week: the mother reigns supreme.

Kingdom of Women
by Erin O'Dwyer with Timothy Nicastri (360documentaries, ABC, 2013)
In remote village in the Yunnan province of China exists one of the only matriarchal cultures in the world. In fact, there isn't even a word in the Mosuo language for 'husband' or 'father.' Children are raised by their mother's brother and all of the property stays in her name. Women entertain as many lovers as they wish, who visit under the cloak of darkness and leave before dawn.

The Hidden World of Traveller Girls
by The Kitchen Sisters, Davia Nelson and Nikki Silva (Morning Edition, NPR, 2010)
"Travellers" are sometimes thought of as the gypsies of Ireland. The girls marry young and have large families. By the time they're well established, so is their authority in the community.

This episode of Re:sound was produced by Katie Mingle.

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Erin O'Dwyer

Erin O'Dwyer (@erinodwyer) is an award-winning Australian journalist. She has contributed to The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, and magazines as diverse as Australian Geographic and Vogue. Her radio documentaries have been broadcast on ABC’s Radio National.

The Kitchen Sisters

The Kitchen Sisters (Davia Nelson & Nikki Silva) are producers of the duPont-Columbia Award-winning and James Beard Award-nominated NPR series Hidden Kitchens, and the two Peabody Award-winning NPR series, Lost & Found Sound and The Sonic Memorial Project.


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