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The dreamer never attributes the events to his own

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the dreamer never attributes the events to his own desires, but rather to a witch who induces the nightmare socially, so far as most of the Mehinaku are concerned, the Suya and all those who would have sex with animals might as well be animals themselves o contempt and revulsion for bestiality in the Mehinaku case, this emotion may be composed of a hidden sexual interest in animals and a fear that the temptation may be acted upon - strange humans (wild Indians and Whites) are also officially forbidden - sex with outsiders “misuses” Mehinaku sexuality - “revolting sex” is with a partner who is said to have a bad smell and a disgusting vagina (venereal diseases) - the Mehinaku think no man really desires homosexual relations the villagers male-centered theory of conception implies the absurdity of homosexual sex
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Week 2 - “Slightly a Woman” a man with small breasts and a high voice, he formed special relationships with a few of the men that resembled those of lovers - the myth of Tumula (father-daughter incest) father-daughter incest occurs very rarely but of the possible family transgressions, it is the least serious incest is wrong but there is no explanation for it - masturbation is foolish, and anyone who masturbates is misusing his own sexuality the only ones who would masturbate are lonely old men whose wives and lovers have died and who have no other sexual outlet o the tale of the wax phallus Patterns of Sexual Behavior by Clellan S. Ford and Frank A. Beach - the adult members of different societies have quite different opinions as to what is proper or normal in sexual relations, and what is immoral or unnatural - the human sex life is profoundly affected by social channelization and personal experience and therefore takes different forms under different social conditions these differences are attributable to variation in the rules by which societies attempt to govern the behavior of their members - self-stimulation of the sexual organs is practiced by at least some members of every human society of which we have any knowledge - human homosexual tendencies have a definite biological basis and there is little indication that these tendencies are restricted to a few deviant individuals - importance of cross-cultural analysis of human sexuality limitations (1) it is incomplete (2) difficulties of observation (3) lack of experimental data - there is a universal tendency among mammals to indulge in sexual play in childhood, long before fertility is achieved - each person finds certain opportunities and restrictions provided by his culture which tend to mold his sexual behavior into a particular pattern
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Week 3 Key Concepts
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Week 3 1. ancient Hebrew attitudes towards sexuality Judaism was strongly patriarchal property was held only by men and decent was patrilineal men could marry several wives unlike ancient Athenians, sex between men and women was strongly encouraged for procreation
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