NISA short paper19.pdf - Maria L Perales NISA Short Paper Marjorie Shostak\u2019s book \u200bNisa The Life and Words of a!Kung Woman \u200bdisplays an excellent

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Maria L. Perales NISA Short Paper Marjorie Shostak’s book, Nisa: The Life and Words of a !Kung Woman, displays an excellent example of culture as a form of ecological adaptation. Throughout this ethnography, Shostak focuses on sexuality and gender in the lives of women living in the iKung society as they are also adapting to their environment and facing a plethora of ecological factors. Women in the !Kung culture are exposed to sex early on in their lives, beginning with the high probability of watching their parents “do work” when they are very young. Because the iKung live in small huts in small groups, privacy is scarce and it is not seen as something to shy away from. Because of this early introduction, it is also very normal for children to begin sexual play early on. In Western culture, this type of play between children would be seen as inappropriate with implications that children may be experiencing some sort of sexual abuse. It is nothing new to know that children copy

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