Its interesting to read factoids about sexual standards of other cultures, it throws into perspective how narrow our views tend to be in western culture!
The Australian Aborigines temprarily exchange wives as a gesture of friendship and goodwill at the ceremonies where puberty rites are held for their youngsters. The wives often initiate this, enjoying the change of ''scenery'' as well.
Homosexual relationships are accepted practice among the men and boys of the Siwans of Africa. The few who do not participate are considered peculiar.
Lesu children are premitted to watch adults, other than their parents, copulate.
The Ila people of Africa encourage their children to fully develop their sexual capabilities, permitting them any form of sexual expression they wish to partake in. It is claimed there are no virgins older than age 10 in this society!
Upon reading puberty, boys of Mangaia (one of the Cook Islands) are given sexual instruction - including many details of positioning, cunnilingus and delaying their own satisfaction so that their parter women may experience multiple orgasms.
In a survey in 1949 of 849 societys, 75 percent were found to permit premarital intercourse.
Of course, in America in 1988 the stats showed that 70 percent of married American women had indulged in premarital intercourse as well . . . they are just supposed to feel *guilty* about it here!
Some Hindu sects require a preist to deflower a virgin before she consummates her marriage with her husband.
The most common universal form of marriage is actually Polygyny - one husband with two or more wives. Of those 849 societyes, 70 percent are polygynous.
The least prevelent form is polyandry (one wife with two or more husbands), only 4 of 849 societys practice this.
Polynesian societys have no words for "obscene", "indecent'', "impure'' or the like. Sex is never considered a source of shame or embarrassment.
Because eating and intercourse each involve entering bodily orifices, the Aweikoma of Brazil use the same term for both activities.
The inhabitants of Bali, and the Lepcha of Sikkim have no exlaborate rituals or practices of seduction. If sex is desired, one only need ask for it - this is true for both men and women.
If a Goajiro woman of Colombia successful trips a man during a ceremonial dance, he is required to have intercourse with her.
Pacific-dwelling Marquesan men have acquired the ability to prolong their erections indefinitely until their parter is fully satsified. It is considered normal for the women to exeprience at least 3 orgasms.
During the latter stages of a Hidatsa womans pregnancy, her husband is allowed intercourse with her sister.
Its not uncommon for the Aranda of Australia to copulate three to five times nightly, sleeping for short intervals in between activity.
And there are LOTS more.