Growing Up Sexually




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Also featured: Sharanahua, Shipibo, Amahuaca, Cashinahua; ®Aymara)



According to Johnson[1]:


“The gender separation of older children that intensifies through work with their same-sex parents comes to extend to social relations in general. When men and women form sex segregated groups at a feast, for example, older boys join the men around their food pot, leaving the young boys with the women and girls. Owing to the general public seperateness between male and female, I rarely observed sexual play among adults or children. Parents hide sex from children by saving it for private trips to their garden or clandestine late night lovemaking. But they say that from an early age children learn about sex and engage in sex play and intercourse in the bushes--having apparently learned modesty from their parents”.







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] Johnson, A., Online manuscript entitled Matsigenka Ethnography. Chapter 3: Becoming Matsigenka: Development of the Self, p98. Cf. ([2003]) Families of the Forest.Berkeley: University of California Press, in press.