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Town where entire population is made up of beautiful young women makes appeal for single men
A town where the entire population is made up of young women has made an appeal for single men – but only those willing to live by female rules. Over 600 women make up the population of Noiva do Cordeiro, southeast Brazil – most aged between 20 and 35.
Although some are married with families, their husbands are made to work away from home, only being allowed to return at weekends. Sons are sent away when they reach 18 and no other men are permitted to live in the town, which sits in a remote valley 60 miles east of Belo Horizonte.
The settlement dates back to the 1890s, when a young woman and her family were excommunicated from the Catholic church after she was accused of adultery. Slowly more single women and mother-only families joined the community, and over the decades several attempts by men to intervene in their way of life made them adopt a strictly ‘no male’ policy.
Today, girl power rules in the rural town, with women in charge of every aspect of life – from farming to town planning and even religion. But while none of the residents of Noiva do Cordeiro would have it any other way, it has left them with just one problem. One of the women, Nelma Fernandes, 23, admits it’s impossible for the girls – renowned in the region as strikingly beautiful – to find a would-be spouse.
She said: "Here, the only men we single girls meet are either married or related to us, everyone is a cousin. I haven’t kissed a man for a long time. We all dream of falling in love and getting married. But we like living here and don’t want to have to leave the town to find a husband.”
The lack of eligible bachelors has now led the community’s many single young ladies for make an appeal for interested men – but only those willing to adapt to living in a women’s world. Ms Fernandes said: "We’d like to get to know men who would leave their own lives and come to be a part of ours. But first they need to agree to do what we say and live according to our rules."
entire – teljes
to make an appeal for – felhívást intézni, kéréssel fordulni valakihez
willing – hajlandó
rule – szabály
although – habár
to be allowed to – megengedik neki
to be permitted – engedélyezik
remote – távoli
settlement – település
to excommunicate – kiátkozni
adultery – házasságtörés
to intervene – beleszólni, beleavatkozni
‘no male’ policy – “férfiak nélkül” elv
to be in charge of – felelős valamiért
resident – lakos
to admit – bevallani, beismerni
spouse – házastárs
to be related to – rokoni kapcsolatban lenni
bachelor – nőtlen férfi
to get to know – megismerni
to agree – beleegyezni
according to – szerint
Fill in the gaps with the right words from the table. There is one extra.
to get to know
to be allowed to
1. “Pupils ……………….. go home at 12 today,” the headmaster said.
2. You can vote if you are a ……………….. of this town.
3. I ……………….. Mark really well when we worked together.
4. A widow is a woman whose ……………….. died.
5. Kate ……………….. to take over the night shift.
answers: 1-are allowed to 2-resident 3-got to know 4-spouse 5-agreed