VANATINAI (insular New Guinea)

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According to Lepowsky (1990 :p190-1)[1], “[s]exual activity on Vanatinai is regarded as a pleasurable activity appropriate for men and women from adolescence to old age. […] Young people vary in the age at which they become sexually active, but it is usually in the mid-teens. Parents may tell they daughters that they are “too young” to have sex, as did the mother of one fifteen-year-old when she began to be courted by a young man whom the mother disapproved […]. On the other hand, some parents feel concerned if their daughters are not receiving lovers by the time they are in their late teens”. No institutionalised homosexuality (p192).









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] Lepowsky, M. (1990) Gender in an egalitarian society: a case study from the Coral Sea, in Sanday, P. R. & Goodenough, R. G. (Eds.) Beyond the Second Sex. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press. 1992 paperback, p171-223