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Taking lessons on gender aggression from the relatives--the distant relatives

The Bonobo Sisterhood

If we are serious about getting society to a place where females do not fear sexual aggression from males, we might consider the example set by our cousins.

Not our human cousins; think bigger: to bonobos, the chimpanzee-like apes whose females guard each other from sexual coercion.

Diane Rosenfeld, a lawyer and expert on gender violence at Harvard University, explores the example in the book The Bonobo Sisterhood: Revolution Through Female Alliance.

We sit with the author for an overview of the book and its implications.

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