The Vicious Circle: The ongoing cultural heritage of the sexual repression of boys.

©2010 by David L. Riegel


It is generally accepted that prepubertal and early adolescent boys, much more so than girls, are sociobiologically driven to investigate, explore, and experiment with their developing sexuality, typically beginning with activities with peer and older males before progressing on to females in later adolescence. Adult society tends to look with disfavor upon boys' sexual involvement with males, and especially older males, and this attitude is imparted to these developing boys with the result that, when they become adults themselves, they tend to renounce and even deny their own boyhood activities, and either silently or overtly support the same sexual repression of succeeding generations of boys that they themselves endured.