Women’s role in sexual intercourse in Ancient Egypt

Authored by: Marc Orriols-Llonch

Women in Antiquity

Print publication date:  August  2016
Online publication date:  August  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138808362
eBook ISBN: 9781315621425
Adobe ISBN: 9781317219910


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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.

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