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Making Sense of MicronesiaThe Logic of Pacific Island Culture$
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Francis X. S.J. Hezel

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780824836610

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824836610.001.0001

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The Matter of Sex

The Matter of Sex

(p.100) 8 The Matter of Sex
Making Sense of Micronesia

Francis X. Hezel

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter discusses the attitudes of Micronesians toward sex. In the past, the inner circle of the Micronesian family was not a place where young people, or even their parents, could talk easily about personal matters such as sex. Parents did not usually speak of sexual matters to their children, not even mother to daughter or father to son. Cross-gender discussion of this topic was even more strongly forbidden. Anything that even hinted at sexuality was suppressed within the family circle. Today, many of these old prohibitions are no longer followed. With the relaxation of taboos within the family, a more casual relationship is developing between brothers and sisters today. Indeed, cases of incest are not uncommon in the islands. This chapter also considers nightcrawling and dating among young people in Micronesia, along with sexual conduct as a family concern.

Keywords:   sex, Micronesia, family, young people, sexuality, incest, nightcrawling, dating, sexual conduct

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