VANATINAI (insular New Guinea)
Arapesh, Ari, Banaro, Baruya, Binim-Kukusmin, Busama, Darabi, Dobu Isl., Eipo, Etoro, Foi, Gebusi, Jaquai, Keraki, Kewa, Kimam, Kiwai, Koko, Kwoma, Lesu, Manus, Marind
Britain, New Ireland, Normanby
Islanders, Paiela, “Sambia”, Trobrianders, Wogeo
According to Lepowsky (1990 :p190-1), “[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).
D. F., Growing Up Sexually. VolumeI. World Reference Atlas. 0.2 ed. 2004. Berlin:
Magnus Hirschfeld Archive for Sexology
revised: Sept 2004