Growing Up Sexually




SEMINOLE (North-American Natives)


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Garbarino (1972:p72)[1]:


            “While there is no talk of school problems or jobs, there is still an intimacy between mothers and their daughters in the form of education about sex and the body functions. Reproduction and other biological facts are openly discussed among the women and girls as perfectly normal occurrences, although one informant reported that her mother was embarrassed by the “facts of life” and refused to discuss sex with her. The girl believed that her mother thought “sex was dirty," and the girl was disturbed that she could not be frank with her mother”.


Further (p81):


“First marriage usually takes place in the late teens for both sexes, and a girl is supposed to be a virgin at the time of her first marriage. However, it is widely believed that there are no virgins among the older teenagers. Formerly, punishment for adultery, incest, and loss of virginity before marriage was meted out at the Green Corn Dance, but there is no punishment for any of these acts any more”.













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] Garbarino, M. S. (1972) Big Cypress: A Changing Seminole Community. New York: Holt, Rinehart & Winston