Growing Up Sexually





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A Bulgarian sample of children’s erotic folklore was collected by Badalanova (1993, 1995, 1996)[1]. For a note on formal sexual education, see Grassel and Bach (1979:p296-7)[2]. “After the baby has arrived the children are told that the stork has brought a little brother or sister to them through the chimney and they are very glad about it”, was the way a proud father phrased the matter in the course of our conversation about the arrival of his son”  (Sanders, 1949:p31)[3]. Premarital liberties are very few (p83, 147).

Siposova et al. (1999)[4] studied the psychosexual development of heterosexuals vs. homosexuals. In a further study[5] of 96 Varna girls aged 15-18, it was established that 50% of them had had a sexual intercourse, in 77.1% defloration occurred at the age of 16 or 17. 82.3% report “love” as their main motive, 12.5% report to have done it “out of curiosity” and only in 7.2% it happened “by chance”.

























Additional refs.:


-- Porozhanova, V., Bozhinova, S., Goranov, M. & Georgiev, G. (1990) [Premature sexual activity among girls and an attempt at sex education], Akush Ginekol [Sofiia] 29,2:53-7



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]Badalanova, F. K. (1993) Folklore Erotikon, Vol. 1. Edited by Impressario & Publishing House “ROD”, Sofia. Ch. 2.3; Badalanova, F. K. (1995) Folklore Erotikon, Vol. 2. Edited by Impressario & Publishing House “ROD”, Sofia. Ch.4; Badalanova, F. K. (1996) Folklore Erotikon, Vol. 3. Edited by Impressario & Publishing House “ROD”, Sofia. Ch. 21

[2] Grassel, H. & Bach, K. R. (1979) Kinder- & Jugendsexualität. Berlin: Deutscher Verlag der Wissenschaften

[3] Sanders, I. (1949) Balkan Village. Lexington: University of Kentucky Press

[4] Siposova, M., Heretik, A. & Ondrisova, S. (1999) Sexualna orientacia, myty a fakty [Sexual orientation, myths and facts], Ceska & Slovenska Psychia 95,6:406-13

[5] Vasileva P, Iustiniianova B. (1998) [The loss of virginity and sexual activity in adolescence], Akush Ginekol [Sofiia] 37,3:46-8. See also an earlier study: Vasilev, D. & Rushkarska, S. (1990) [Defloration (a sociomedical study)], Akush Ginekol [Sofiia] 29,4:56-64