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What would a society that favoured sensitive and intelligent women look like? It is caring and compassionate; peace-loving. Women are dominant but they do not exclude the men. No partnerships are formed. They simply have sex without regard to age or gender and use it for conflict resolution. Sex is used to foster bonding, reduce tension and share pleasure. Communication is frequent and complex. Am I talking about a society we could only dream about? Maybe it is a backdrop for a novel? No I'm talking about the social interactions and society of an animal we consider lower than ourselves: an endangered species of ape. bonobo /ˈbɒnəboʊ/ (say 'bonuhboh), /bəˈnoʊboʊ/ (say buh'nohboh) noun a chimpanzee, Pan paniscus, found in humid forests of the Congo region, and forming communities which are female-centred and typified by the frequency of sexual encounters engaged in freely between all adults; pygmy chimpanzee.




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