Search JTA's historical archive dating back to 1923

Conclave Finds Sex Among Mediterranean Peoples Like That of Middle Ages

July 1, 1981
See Original Daily Bulletin From This Date

Attitudes toward sex among Mediterranean peoples were discussed by experts at the sixth Mediterranean Conference on Sexology held here. According to the French sexologist, Gilbert Tordjman, both sexes in Mediterranean countries live according to concepts of the middle ages as far as sex is concerned.

“For them, sex is characterized by a strong sense of culpability, neurotic behavior and by a deprecating attitude toward women,” he told the 50 participants from Israel, France, Spain and Italy in the course of a discussion of sex and religion and adolescent sexuality. The delegates paid particular attention to the influence of Jewish, Christian and Moslem beliefs on sexuality.

The Mediterranean Conference is one of three international symposiums on sex being held in Israel this month. The seventh conference of the International Academy of Sexual Research was told last week that Hebrew University scientists have developed a medication which enhances the sexual performance of mice. It has not been tried on humans. The participants in both conferences attended the fourth World Congress of Sexuality in Jerusalem.

Recommended from JTA