Sex

   Unlike some Semitic peoples of the Near East, the ancient Egyptians had a rather relaxed view of sex and sexuality. While wisdom literatureadvised moderation in sexual life and also in drinking, sex was regarded as a natural and enjoyable part of the human condition. Men were certainly not expected to be monogamous in marriage, although discretion for the sake of the family in regard to other relationships was preferable. Women were expected to be faithful if married, but if not, divorce was available for the husband if he wished, and adultery was not normally treated as a major offense in ordinary life despite the fact that in literature faithless wives always suffer misfortune. Independent women could behave as they chose, as in the Tale of Truth and Falsehood. The repeated allegations of “rape” at Deirel-Medina imply that sexual relationships between individuals, whether married or unmarried, were not uncommon.
   Homosexuality is also mentioned in some texts, and it is clear that sexual relationships between men were regarded as abnormal but not of any great concern of the state or other individuals. It was the passive partner, who played the part of a woman, who was viewed with greater contempt. The Egyptians believed that sexual practices were the concern of the individuals themselves and were of no interest to the community unless sexual jealousy happened to arouse tensions that required the interference of the authorities.
Historical Dictionary Of Ancient Egypt by Morris L. Bierbrier

Ancient Egypt. A Reference Guide. . 2011.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • sex — sex; sex·a·ge·nar·i·an·ism; sex·a·ges·i·ma; sex·a·ges·i·mal·ly; sex·a·ges·i·mo quarto; sex·ag·o·nal; sex·an·gu·lar; sex·de·cil·lion; sex·digital; sex·dig·it·ism; sex·en·ni·al; sex·er; sex·foil; sex·hood; sex·i·ness; sex·less·ness;… …   English syllables

  • SEX — Buch mit Hülle und CD SEX ist der Titel eines Bildbandes über die Künstlerin Madonna mit erotischen Fotografien von Steven Meisel. Für die Gestaltung war der renommierte Designer Glenn O’Brien zuständig. Die Texte wurden von Madonna verfasst. Die …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • sex — SEX, sexe, s.n. 1. Totalitatea caracteristicilor morfologice şi fiziologice care deosebesc animalele şi plantele în două categorii distincte, masculi şi femele. 2. Fiecare dintre cele două categorii de vieţuitoare diferenţiate după organele… …   Dicționar Român

  • Sex — Sex, Drogen Und Industrial Sex, Drogen Und Industrial EP Combichrist Дата выпуска 2004 Жанр Aggrotech Длительность 41 мин 54 сек Лейблы …   Википедия

  • Sex — Sm std. (20. Jh.) Entlehnung. Entlehnt aus ne. sex Geschlecht, Geschlechtsverkehr , dieses aus frz. sexe, aus l. sexus (das männliche und das weibliche) Geschlecht , zu l. secāre (sectum) scheiden . Entsprechende Entlehnungen über das Englische… …   Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen sprache

  • Sex (EP) — Sex EP de Tila Tequila Publicación 20 de Marzo, 2007 Grabación Suecia Género(s) Pop, Dance pop Duración 20:06 …   Wikipedia Español

  • Sex — ist die Liebesform einer Zeit, die für die Liebe keine Zeit mehr hat. «Sigmund Graff» Sex in längerer Verbindung ist die Kunst, Reprisen immer wieder wie Premieren erscheinen zu lassen. «Jeanne Moreau [* 1928]; franz. Schauspielerin» Sex ist sehr …   Zitate - Herkunft und Themen

  • sex — [seks] n. [ME < L sexus < ? secare, to cut, divide: see SAW1] 1. either of the two divisions, male or female, into which persons, animals, or plants are divided, with reference to their reproductive functions 2. the character of being male… …   English World dictionary

  • Sex — Sex, n. [L. sexus: cf. F. sexe.] 1. The distinguishing peculiarity of male or female in both animals and plants; the physical difference between male and female; the assemblage of properties or qualities by which male is distinguished from female …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sex|u|al — «SEHK shu uhl», adjective. 1. of or having to do with sex. In sexual reproduction, animals and plants reproduce their own kind by the union of the male and female germ cells or gametes. 2. of or between the sexes: »sexual love. Her very frankness …   Useful english dictionary

  • sex|y — «SEHK see», adjective, sex|i|er, sex|i|est. 1. sexually appealing or stimulating; having sex appeal: »sexy photographs, sexy beauties. With words and music just simple, sad and sexy enough to make it sound like a hit (Time) …   Useful english dictionary


Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.