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only slightly smaller than Fidel Castro's. Dr. Krause, who came from East Germany a generation ago, tells me she's appalled by the widespread ignorance of Cubans in sexual matters and especially by a new survey among teenagers. The girls insisted male promiscuity is a natural attribute. The boys said it's neces sary, or they'll get sick. That's the tradition, she says, in all social levels, nationwide, and it's deplorable. "When a boy is 15 or 16, his father wants to hear of his sexual exploits, as proof of his man liness. If the boy says he's been going with a girl for three months, the father will say, 'What, only one, you have to have more, you must practice a lot.' " And the boy's mother will agree. At the same time, boys are expected to watch over their sisters; they must be pure. "But when the girls get away from the family, what happens? In those boarding schools, where hundreds of thousands of teenagers pick citrus three hours a day? At night, when the teachers think they're in bed, they're really out there in the orchards." Also part of the tradition, she says, is that a woman must please her man no matter what even now when more than half of Cuban pro fessionals are women, when most women go to work. "What happens? A woman is in militia Lights and television bring the modern world to a Taino Indian legacy, a bohio made of wood and royal palm fronds, outside the town of Baracoa.