IES: Indonesia





BONERATE (Flores, Indonesia)


IndexIndonesia → Bonerate



On Bonerate, children watch animal and parental copulation, and listen to adult conversations on sex. “Children are not banned from these events. However, I never observed evidence of children copying such life crisis incidents [sic] during play. Sex play between boys and girls seems absent. Adults have indeed told the children that they would not tolerate anything like that. When, however, small boys and girls touch and play with their genitals, this is ignored and not commented upon (Broch, 1990:p74-5, 105, 167)[1]. “Adults […] often fiddle with the genitals of the baby to make it smile” (ibid., p. 29).






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

Last revised: Sept 2004


[1] Broch, H. B. (1990) Growing Up Agreeably. Honolulu, Hawai’i: University of Hawai’i Press