Sex is a sensitive, borderline taboo subject in Africa. Most people shy away from publicly (even privately in some instances) speaking about sex, and not just the act itself but also sex crimes and related topics. This attitude is influenced by our cultures and religious conservatism. Dating back, sex was for procreation only and women were not supposed to enjoy sex evidenced by female genital mutilation.
I think sex is something biological and natural that should be enjoyed as consenting adults please.
How Is Sexuality Viewed In Africa?
Majority of Africans are intolerant of the non -conforming sexualities. The general attitude is that there is the right sexuality and the wrong sexuality. As such, one can imagine how violent homophobia is. The legal attitude however, differs in every African nation.
For instance, earlier this year a high court in Kenya upheld a law that criminalises same sex relations citing moral and religious values among others. On the other hand, gay marriage is legal in South Africa while in Botswana, homosexuality was decriminalised as of June this year.
The African Sex Industry
I am of the opinion that sex industries are influenced in part by the legal frameworks regarding sex work in different countries. From such laws, one can draw inference as to how a particular sex industry is. About half of the countries in Africa prohibit it while the other half legalise it but prohibit organised sex work. A few countries legalise and regulate it while others like in Kenya, prostitution is legal but profiting from the prostitution of others is illegal however, some municipal by-laws prohibit it such as Nairobi county.
Is It Tough Being A Sex Worker In Africa?
From what I hear and see, it is tough working where sex work is illegal. That said, even where it is legalised, there is stigma from society. I imagine sex workers who do not have the luxury of being independent face quite a few challenges.
Will Africa Be More Open Towards Sex In Future?
I do. I am positive we as a continent are moving towards a more sexually liberal Africa.
What Is Required For It?
Mass and individual enlightenment. Also, if we are more tolerant to each other.
Calla Lily – I am an African companion based in Nairobi – Kenya. Ever since I can recall, i have always been curious…I have always wanted ‘more’ out of life and myself, qualities that have impacted my life.
My Myers Briggs test says I am ESTJ – accurate. When I am not laughing my jaw off, you will find me engrossed in a book, sewing, binge watching or scrawling in my notebooks.
As an artistic soul, l love all things art…and good food! I plan to go on a world gastronomy tour someday.
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