LESU (Papua New Guinea)
Arapesh, Ari, Barano, Baruya, Bimin-Kukusmin, Busama, Darabi, Dobu Isl., Eipo, Etoro, Foi, Gebusi, Jaquai, Keraki, Kewa, Kimam, Kiwai, Koko, Kwoma, Manus, Marind
Anim, New Britain, New
Ireland, Normanby Islanders, Paiela, “Sambia”, Trobrianders, Vanatinai, Wogeo
Powdermaker (1933:p85): “[…] the children of both sexes
may be found on the sandy beach playing at ritual dancing, or imitating adult
life in their sexual play, which consists in the boy and girl standing very
close together, [their] sexual organs […] touching […] but not penetrating.
It is usually done quite openly in public and the adults smile […] and regard
it as the natural order of things. This kind of play occurs from the age of
about four. Occasionally a boy and a girl will steal away in the bush […]
which is merely imitating the adult in more detail”. The women practise heel
masturbation, a position learned and indulged in from about age six (p276-7).
D. F., Growing Up Sexually. VolumeI. World Reference Atlas. 0.2 ed. 2004. Berlin:
Magnus Hirschfeld Archive for Sexology
revised: Sept 2004