Did you know: Sexuality in Ancient Times
Next time you’re at a party, entertaining friends, or just chatting with your partner over dinner, you can wow them with these fun facts about the history and development of human sexuality - and probably spark some interesting conversation!
- Only in humans are the breasts sexual organs - this is thought to be because our upright posture allows for the exposure and manipulation of the breasts, unlike in other animals.
- The first known circumcision was performed in Egypt.
- The Greek goddess Aphrodite was not actually the deity of love - she was the goddess of sexual intercourse. Her son Eros was the god of love.
- Both the ancient Greek and Roman cultures were very open to homosexual and bisexual relationships; older Greek men would mentor teenage boys, and the boys would act as passive sexual partners (receiving penetration) as a sign of appreciation.
- In ancient Rome, sexual monogamy was not necessary for a happy marriage; respect, mutual consideration, and fair treatment were more important. Wives would even encourage their husbands to obtain male and female sex slaves for their personal enjoyment.
- The Indian Kama Sutra discussed more than fun sex positions; it gave instructions on love, homemaking, family values, and moral guidance.
That’s it for now! Stay tuned for some fun facts on modern developments in human sexuality on another week!
Carroll, Janell L. (2014). Sexuality Now, Embracing Diversity (4rded.). Belmont, CA: Wadsworth/Thompson Learning.