Growing Up Sexually





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Hippler (1974:p58-60)[1][201]: “Customarily Athabascan children in the latency period from about ages 5 to 12 engaged in and still engage in very little sexual exploration […] yet there is a continual covert and very strong interest in sex”. Booth sexes are threatened by dire outcome might they “explore” sexually. Thus, “[w]e believe little experimentation occurs before the teen years, but this is not certain, and there is at least hearsay and secondhand evidence of a significant amount of prepubescent sexual activity for certain individuals” (Hippler et al., 1975:p228)[2][202].












Janssen, D. F., Growing Up Sexually. VolumeI. World Reference Atlas. 0.2 ed. 2004. Berlin: Magnus Hirschfeld Archive for Sexology

Last revised: Sept 2004


[1][201] Hippler, A. E. (1974) Patterns of Sexual Behavior: The Athabascans of Interior Alaska, Ethos 2:47-68

[2][202] Hippler, A. E., Boyer, L. B. & Boyer, R. M. (1975) Alaskan Potlatch ceremony, Psychoanal Stud Soc 6:204-34. “In puberty and in early pubescence, girls tend to tease older men (men in their twenties) into rape attempts when the men are drunk; and then to run away”.