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Critique: Too Much In Mangaia by Donald S. Marshall, focuses upon "Sex-sex for pleasure and sex for procreation is a principal concern of the Polynesian people.

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Sarah Pinsonneault                                                           September 18, 2002

Critique: Too Much In Mangaia

Too Much In Mangaia by Donald S. Marshall, focuses upon “Sex-sex for pleasure and sex for procreation is a principal concern of the Polynesian people.  The author’s main arguments are that the Mangaian culture is based on physical needs rather than the emotional needs.

In the Mangaian theory children play with each other until the age of three or four.  Between the ages four and five the children are separated into sex-age groups, thus distinguishing the children for the rest of their lives.  Rarely are young boys bottom and penis covered except when they are in church.

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One of the main components of Mangaian sexual know-how and fascination is not foreplay; it is the male’s ability to energetically continue the “in-and-out action of coitus” over a lengthy period.  Marshall mentions, “that a man that goes only for a short time does not love”.  The female Mangaian “learn” orgasms from “the good man” who instructs her to be able to obtain orgasm.  On average the Mangaian girl has three to four consecutive partners and the average boy has around ten.  “Mangaian parents encourage their daughters to have sexual experiences with several men”.  A male goes around from female to female going on as he pleases.

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tira, condition that ranges from an initial period of insatiable desire to a final stage in which he cannot achieve an erection; his penis may actually retreat into the body.

To conclude the Mangaian culture places a lot of emphases on sex.  Some of the negative consequences of Mangaian sexual behavior is increased sterility and impotency.  A more general observation is that it doesn’t matter how you look or how much money you have as long as you are able to please the female or male you will always have a sexual partner.

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