The ideal of "gender equality" seems forever elusive, always
tantalizingly over the horizon. Shanshan Du suggests that by
shifting our attention away from the various utopian ideals
embedded in mainstream feminism, we may be surprised to learn that
gender-egalitarian societies do exist. Based on extensive
fieldwork, this book explores the Lahu society in Southwest China
where practical gender equality has become the byproduct of a
potent ideology of gender unity, vividly expressed by the proverb,
"chopsticks only work in pairs."
Subjects: Anthropology, Sociology, History
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