Notes

1. Despite sociocultural variation across the Iatmul language group, I generalize, often from my own ethnographic focus which is the Eastern Iatmul village of Tambunum.

2. One young woman in Tambunum village assumed the clothing and habits of men, and was rumored to engage in same-gender sexuality. Like a man, she wore trousers, stood in canoes, and carved wooden objects.

3. Some men report that homosexuality was introduced into the Sepik by colonial Europeans (see also Mead, 1949, p. 113).

4. In ritual, men dramatize a fantasy of an anal clitoris (Silverman, 2001, p. 169).

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