Growing Up Sexually





Index AfricaGhana Sisala

(Thsi-Speakers, Tallensi, Akan / Ashanti, Fanti, Kokomba, (S)Isala, Ga, Ewe, Vagla, Krobo


Children play husband and wife but when six to ten years old, “if this activity leads to sex play, corporal punishment is severe since any kind of sexual expression among “siblings” of the minor lineage is regarded as incestuous”, and only the “purely economic aspects of these roles” as rehearsed (Grindal, 1972:p25)[1]. Among the Isalas, “masturbation in children is recognized as exceptional. Parents are of the opinion that their children do not practice it” (Kaye).










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] Grindal, B. T. (1972) Growing up in Two Worlds.New York [etc.]: Holt, Rinehart & Winston