Kingdom of Women
Chinese families have long preferred boys to girls, leading to a troubling surplus of men in the world’s most populous country. Not so among the Mosuo, who live in the Himalayan foothills between Yunnan and Sichuan provinces. The Mosuo are said to be the last matrilineal society in China and one of few left in the world. At the core of their beliefs: the idea that women are more valuable and intellectually superior to men. These days, however, a massive influx of tourists threatens to degrade Mosuo culture and undermine those beliefs, as Jason Motlagh reports for Marie Claire.