At face value, it sounds like every straight dude’s dream — a town in Brazil filled with women…and only women. But dig a little deeper and the reality is a little more complex.
It all started way, way back in the 1890s, when Maria Senhorinha de Lima was shunned and excommunicated after fleeing her forced marriage. She founded a new town, Noiva do Cordeiro, and women who were likewise shunned found their way there. Eventually, fed up with dudes, they decided to take a cue from Beyoncé and create a world run by girls.
Today, the southeast Brazilian town boasts a population of about 600 women. A few of them have husbands, but they’re only allowed to enter the town on weekends. And no, they don’t kill off their male children in some ancient cultish ritual. Boys are reportedly kicked out when they turn 18.
Nelma Fernandes, a 23-year-old who lives there, said the town is “prettier, more organized, and far more harmonious than if men were in charge. And there’s always time to stop and gossip, try on each other’s clothes and do each other’s hair and nails.” Essentially, it sounds like a sorority house plopped down on the Brazilian countryside.
Guys, if that sounds like your kind of dreamland, good news — they’re recruiting eligible young bachelors to come on in! Turns out, some young women in the town are craving testosterone: “Here, the only men we single girls meet are either married or related to us, everyone is a cousin,” Nelma says. “I haven’t kissed a man for a long time.”
But before you hop on the next flight to Brazil, be warned that you may have to adjust your attitude. That’s because you’d be walking into a strictly female-run world — Nelma explains that any male residents would have to “do what we say and live according to our rules.” Not sure if you’re still down? There’s always being a professional manservant to help make up your mind.
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