New World Notes - Puberty Rites
This week on New World Notes: radio program #267, April 16, 2013, from 12:00 to 12:30 p.m., host Kenneth Dowst tackles an intimate issue.
Our culture lacks--and much needs--puberty rites for adolescents, such as civilized societies have. These ceremonies teach kids adult roles, reinforce community values, celebrate sexuality, define the licit and illicit, increase social cohesion, help teens through a difficult period, justify a big party, honor the gods, etc.
I'll describe the rites of Ghana's Ashanti people, play a 1958 health-class movie for girls, and discuss why puberty rites won't soon be coming to the U.S.
This installment was originally broadcast in September 2008.
Listener advisory: Adult themes.
The program includes 2 songs of comic satire: Tom Lehrer, "Be Prepared!" and Roy Zimmerman, "Nothing But the Best [For Our Little Girl]." The movie played is Molly Grows Up (1958).
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