James W. Prescott, Body
Pleasure and the Origins of Violence.
See also the website devoted to Prescott's viewpoints, The Origins of Love and Violence and his "Sixteen Principles for Personal, Family, and Global Peace."
Robert W. Hatfield, Touch and Human Sexuality.
W.M. Friedrich, J. Fisher, D. Broughton, M. Houston, & C. Shafran, "Normative Sexual Behavior in Children: A Contemporary Sample," Pediatrics. 101:4 4 April 1998.
Robin J. Lewis & Louis H. Janda, "The Relationship Between Adult Sexual Adjustment and Childhood Experiences Regarding Exposure to Nudity, Sleeping in the Parental Bed, and Parental Attitudes Toward Sexuality," Archives of Sexual Behavior Vol. 17, No. 4, 1988, pp. 349-362.
Amy Benfer, "The Birds and Bees for Post-Puritans" Salon May 2, 2003.
(Optional) Explore the web for sites related to sexuality in childhood or look for articles in such journals as Archives of Sexual Behavior or Pediatrics at the UCB Education-Psychology Library. You can search for articles online through Medline.
|"At the tender age of 5, I found the idea of a
boyfriend very appealing. We experimented with kissing on several
occasions; however the idea formed, we were sure we were in love.
When I was 7 or 8, he asked me to marry him. I was overjoyed
and really believed that we would marry when we 'grew up.'"
"It was at the age of 5 that I, along with my three friends who were sisters and lived next door, first viewed the genitals of a boy. They had a male cousin who came to visit and we all ended up behind the furnace playing doctor. No matter what he would say his symptoms were, we were so fascinated with his penis that it was always the center of our examinations. I remember giggling as I punched it and as I dunked it in some red food-colored water that we were using for medicine. This seemed to give him great enjoyment. One girl put hand lotion and a bandage on his penis and in the process he had an erection. We asked him to do it again but there was no such luck. He suddenly felt embarrassed and offended and said he didn't want to play anymore."
"During the sixth grade, whenever we stayed overnight we slept in the same bed. We began experimenting and fondling each others' breasts. We tested for size and who could feel the other out the best. We never thought we were 'queer'--we were trying to find out what it would be like if a guy did this to us."
"Sixth grade finally rolled around and I was in the 'in group.' We all had to have a boyfriend, so I got one. My girlfriends began to have boy-girl parties on weekend nights. I just hated going to them. My boyfriend always wanted to kiss. I pretended that I liked it, but I really wanted to throw up all over him. It just grossed me out. The guilt feelings ran really high. I was afraid my parents would find out, and I lived in fear."
Reminiscences of childhood cited in Floyd M. Martinson, The Sexual Life of Children. 1994.