Growing Up Sexually







IndexMiddle East Kuwait



The position of Kuwaiti women has changed dramatically over the past decades.  However, until the 1950s, women lived under constraining physical and social conditions often associated with orthodox Muslim female conditions of the past: secluded, veiled, married at puberty to a male relative (Longva, 1993:p444)[1]. Among the traditional Kuwaitis, “[…] the legal and customary age of marriage was defined by the onset of menarche, despite some evidence that some girls were married before puberty” (Hill, 1975:p545)[2]. This custom has been abandoned.















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] Longva, A. Ng. (1993) Kuwaiti Women at a Crossroads: Privileged Development and the Constraints of Ethnic Stratification, Int J Middle East Stud 25,3:443-56

[2] Hill, A. G. (1975) The Demography of the Kuwaiti Population of Kuwait, Demography 12,3:537-48