Growing Up Sexually





YUROK (North-American Natives)


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See also: North-America Non-Natives




Erikson[1][122] (p87-8) observed that “[…] sex as such is viewed with leniency and some humor. Masturbation, for example, is admitted, but said to yield to a mild discouraging attitude. The Yurok do not expressly approve of, nor are they insensitive to, the habits of self-indulgence which have so prominent a place in the clinical complaints of parents in our culture. […] In adolescence, when the relationship to the opposite sex becomes important, the young York can look back on a childhood of free play with other children, during which at least the body surface of the other sex had in no way remained a secret. By the time the girl had passed the menarchy [sic] and in some ways becomes more secretive […], the heterosexual relationship has already found a firm place within the established system of property values, based as it is on the modes of considered intake and clever retentiveness”.













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][122] Erikson, E. H. (1943-43) Observations on the Yuok: childhood and world image, UnivCalif Publ Am Archeol & Ethnol 35:257-301