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Service and Service (1954:p224-6)[1] state that parents “consciously avoid discussion of any [sexual] topic in front of children. Informants also agreed, however, that all children “know everything” by the time they are twelve or thirteen and that some may even have had sex relations at that time. It is said that children learn about sex by “figuring it out”, by observation of animals, and from older children”.  More restriction is noted in upper classes than in middle and lower classes, where “sex relations soon after puberty are not uncommon”. Small children who go naked may be distracted from touching their genitals, but are not scolded; older boys are punished, because of the belief that it causes “insanity, pimples, and weakness”. The most common stories about “sex aberrations” have to do with boys’ experimentations with farm animals; such acts are considered to be the result of natural curiosity, rather than abnormal.

The 1990 Paraguay Encuesta Nacional de Demografia y Salud offered a median age of first intercourse of 19.3 (versus a median age of marriage of 20.9)[2].








Additional refs.:

Pantelides, E. A. & Binstock, G. (1993) Factores de riesgo de embarazo adolescente en el Paraguay [Risk Factors of Pregnancy among Adolescents in Paraguay], Rev Paraguaya Sociol 30/87:171-86




Janssen, D. F., Growing Up Sexually. Volume I. World Reference Atlas. 0.2 ed. 2004. Berlin: Magnus Hirschfeld Archive for Sexology

Last revised: Sept 2004


[1] Service, E. R. & Service, H. S. (1954) Tobatí. Chicago: University of Chicago Press

[2] Remez, L. (1991) Paraguay Survey Shows Moderately High Fertility and Low Child Mortality, Int Fam Plann Perspect 17,3:117-9, at p117