Growing Up Sexually




ZUNI(North-American Natives)


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Leighton and Adair (1966:p67)[1][57]: “When the boys and girls are about six or seven years old, they will occasionally indulge in sex play. The boys get on top of the girls and play at having sexual intercourse in imitation of their parents, whom they have probably observed in the house sleeping quarters. Or they may have learned of intercourse from watching farm animals”. “Frequently a boy’s first sexual experience is with an older woman, perhaps with a married woman who has been divorced [sic], simply because she is not carefully watched by her parents”. There is mentioning of a “double standard” boys being expected to have sexual relations before marriage, though condemned. Roscoe (1991:p35)[2][58] stated that, “Boys and girls might engage in sex play as early as the age of six or seven”. Again, this would in part be the resultant of single-room housing. According to Benedict (1934)[3][59], “[m]arriage is arranged almost without courtship”. Boys and girls were supposed not to have any more interaction than incidental acquaintances, so that “certainly there are many Zuñi women today who were married with no more preliminary sex [social] experience than this”.













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][57] Leighton, D. C. & Adair, J. (1966) People of the Middle Place: A Study of the Zuni Indians. New Haven: HRAF

[2][58] Roscoe, W. (1991) The Zuni Man-Woman. Alburquerque: University of New Mexico Press

[3][59] Benedict, R. (1934) Patterns of Culture. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin Company