Re: Patriarchy: Re: What Matriarchy?

Stephen Barnard (
Sat, 27 Jul 1996 15:10:16 -0800

Bryant wrote:
> On the other hand, Smuts has an interesting comparison of ape species in
> which rape is common vs. those in which it's not. The greater the degree to
> which female alliances form, the lesser the degree to which rape is common
> (Bonobos have the most complex female alliances, and no observed rapes;
> Orangs, on the other end of the spectrum, have lone females being raped
> on a regular basis.) At this point, her predictions are fairly vague and
> probably amount to evolutionary story-telling. But speculation isn't a
> sin, and can set minds to work on more testable hypotheses.
> Bryant

I have a friend who spent some time among the Orangutans at the research
center in (I think) Indonesia. He said that the males would try to rape
the women in his group. This is hearsay, but I believe him.

Steve Barnard