The closest I came to witnessing the physical strength of the Isthmus women was a brawl at a local cantina (bar) on our first visit to Tehuantepec. Katerina had left early because it seemed to be too much of man’s world in the bar. The moment she walks out the door, however, this big woman … Continue reading Fighting women of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec – Mexico
It turns out the Isthmus Zapotec women, also known as Tehuanas, have a lot to thank for the Spanish administrators, a fancy railway and Frida Kahlo… Between posting our adventures in the Isthmus Zapotec culture, I thought I should give you the details of how these women rose to fame in the first place. In … Continue reading Rise of matriarchy in Southern Mexico
The first matriarchal culture on our journey to places where women rule is the Isthmus Zapotec society of Southern Mexico. Here the women are considered to be the more rational and intelligent of the sexes! Traditionally, the men worked the fields by night and slept during the day, leaving the women to sell the produce … Continue reading Matriarchal cultures aren’t automatically friendly towards women!
It was her idea at first, but somehow I got involved and it all got out of hand! It all started ten years ago… My girlfriend Katerina was doing an internship with Womankind Worldwide in London, and saw a man giving a talk on female empowerment. She was so impressed by the way he made … Continue reading How my girlfriend got me to write a book about matriarchy!