PAIUTE (North-American Natives)
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Whiting (1942 [1950:p105]): “Children are told not to finger their genitals. Girls are told that they will wear out their genitalia if they sleep on their stomach or ride horseback too much. Children are told not to look at other people’s bodies. Informants claimed that masturbation did not exist”. A girl could, and would, marry immediately after pubescence rites (Kelly, 1932:p163, 164), though a general agreement stated that this was “too young”; boys married at age 20. Matches are frequently arranged, or parental pressure was involved. Steward (1933:p291) notes: “Children were not instructed in sex”. Either family initiated a match when the children reached puberty, and thereafter, female chastity was to be guarded by the boy (p295).
D. F., Growing Up Sexually.
Last revised: Sept 2004
 Whiting, B. B. (1942) Paiute Sorcery.
 Steward, J. H. (1933) Ethnohraphy of the