The 6th graders have been reading Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis. Though they are getting older, they still had a visceral reaction of disgust to Deza Malone kissing Bud. Without the physiological and consequent psychological consequences of puberty, would human beings be motivated to have sex? Or would they still find intimate physical contact with members of the opposite sex repellent?
(How much of children's showing of affection to their parents through kissing merely imitation of adult behavior or following their request? And how much of their later revulsion related to natural modesty?)