DAKOTA (North-American Natives)
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When a girl is six she is subtly encouraged to “cover up”, without explanation (Mirsky, 1937:p420-1). From age seven or eight she is (made) self-conscious about play with boys, which makes only little children suitable play mates. “They play house, with the young girl taking over the mother role and the little ones acting as her children. But because there is no boy of her own age in the group, there is no sex play, no playing at marriage or mates”. Being supervised continuously, her “sex behaviour is constantly the subject of admonitions and sermons”. The difference in sexual status ends with marriage.
D. F., Growing Up Sexually.
Last revised: Sept 2004
 Mirsky, J. (1937) The Dakota, in Mead, M. (Ed.) Cooperation and Competition among Primitive Peoples.