Ex­treme Wives With Kate Hum­ble

The Guardian - G2 - - Tv and radio - Sharon O’con­nell

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Or, more ac­cu­rately, ex­treme pa­tri­archy. Episode one of a new se­ries, which ex­am­ines com­mu­ni­ties where the role of women con­founds out­siders, takes Hum­ble to Kenya’s Kuria dis­trict.

Its cul­ture in­cludes mar­riage be­tween women – non­sex­ual re­la­tion­ships of­ten parentally im­posed. There she meets Paulina’s wives, Lil­lian and Faith, who re­veal how lim­it­ing their lives are, and en­coun­ters the shock­ing prac­tice of il­le­gal fe­male gen­i­tal mu­ti­la­tion.


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