Women’s role in sexual intercourse in ancient Egypt

Marc Orriols-Llonch*

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Abstract

There is little evidence left by the ancient Egyptians regarding their sexual habits. Nonetheless, the extant data, although few, are enough to get an interesting overview of sexual practices and the role of sexuality within their culture, not only in the sacred sphere but also in the secular (Orriols-Llonch 2010). This lack of evidence is much more evident when attempting to study the feminine sexuality. First of all, it must be taken into account that women did not have access to writing and, in fact, there are very few examples of female literacy, if any (Baines and Eyre 1983: 81-85). For this reason, we must assume that any documentation that has come down to us was done by male hands. Women were, in scribal culture, marginalized; thus, their thoughts and world view have not endured into the present day. It could be said that all the information we have of the woman in ancient Egypt comes from a masculine point of view.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWomen in Antiquity
Subtitle of host publicationReal Women across the Ancient World
PublisherTaylor and Francis AS
Pages194-203
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781317219910
ISBN (Print)9781138808362
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016

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