The function of menstrual taboos among the dogon

@article{Strassmann1992TheFO,
  title={The function of menstrual taboos among the dogon},
  author={B. Strassmann},
  journal={Human Nature},
  year={1992},
  volume={3},
  pages={89-131}
}
Menstrual taboos are nearly ubiquitous and assume parallel forms in geographically distant populations, yet their function has baffled researchers for decades. This paper proposes that menstrual taboos are anticuckoldry tactics. By signaling menstruation, they may advertise female reproductive status to husbands, affines, and other observers. Females may therefore have difficulty in obfuscating the timing of the onset of pregnancy. This may have three consequences: (a) males are better able to… Expand
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