By Sylvia Tamale
A groundbreaking ebook, available yet scholarly, via African activists. It uses research, lifestyles tales, and inventive expression—including essays, case reviews, poetry, information clips, songs, fiction, memoirs, letters, interviews, brief movie scripts, and photographs—to research dominant and deviant sexualities and examine the intersections among intercourse, energy, masculinities, and femininities. It also opens an area, quite for teens, to consider African sexualities in several methods.
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Mothers, ignorant of the new world their daughters wished to enter, pressed inappropriate advice and sought to control where earlier they had gently aided. Many mothers experienced as a personal rejection their daughters' repudiation of the domestic role they, the mothers, had so faithfully followed. 4o The second external factor that I felt helped shape the original female world was demographic. The clean lines that distinguish the generations in twentieth-century families, that set apart members of the nuclear house hold from first cousins, aunts, uncles, even grandparents, were incon ceivable in most eighteenth- and nineteenth-century homes.
But did the word "love" connote to these women, as it does to us, the recognition of DISORDE RLY CONDUCT )6 sexual desire? Did nineteenth-century women refer, rather, to a sublimated form of sexual love? Or, alternatively, to feelings rooted not in sexual desire but in experiences of intimacy and affection that grew out of women's shared physical and psychological realities? Their categories and ours differ and thus obscure the meaning. Their words, while graphic, do ' not illuminate automatically.
Nineteenth- and twentieth-century readers concur about one matter: nineteenth-century women wrote love letters to one another. But did the word "love" connote to these women, as it does to us, the recognition of DISORDE RLY CONDUCT )6 sexual desire? Did nineteenth-century women refer, rather, to a sublimated form of sexual love? Or, alternatively, to feelings rooted not in sexual desire but in experiences of intimacy and affection that grew out of women's shared physical and psychological realities?
African Sexualities: A Reader by Sylvia Tamale