Tommy Boys, Lesbian Men and Ancestral Wives

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This unique book documents same sexuality in East and southern Africa. Eight of the chapters have been co-authored by women activists spanning six different countries.
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This unique book documents same sexuality in East and southern Africa. Eight of the chapters have been co-authored by women activists spanning six different countries. They have collected personal narratives on a range of issues related to sex and secrecy. This is an incredibly difficult area to research as many African leaders declare it taboo on the basis that these practices are alien to African culture and an import from the depraved west.

The book demonstrates that there are silenced, traditional, institutionalised ways in which African women contracted same-sex relations. Second, it proclaims the right of African women engaged in same-sex practices or relations to their identities as Africans, as several interviewees state: we, lesbian women, are born here in Africa, we belong here. Who can say we are un-African? Third it gives a vivid portrait of the lives of African women engaged in same-sex relations and practices, portraying the joys of having found love as well as the pains of betrayal and the hatred encountered in their communities, as well as the many shades of emotions in between. This book eloquently testifies that although silence isolates and protects these women, some are beginning to speak out.

About the Author
Ruth Morgan
is an anthropologist from Johannesburg, South Africa. She has been the director of the Gay and Lesbian Archives since 2002. She received her doctorate in linguistic anthropology from the American University, Washington D.C., in 1995. She has focused on life-story research for the past fifteen years. She has been collecting life stories on same sexuality within an African context for GALA since 1997. If you would like to learn more about GALA click here to visit their website.

Saskia Wieringa is an anthropologist who has studied women's same-sex relations for over twenty years. She has worked mainly in Indonesia, but has done research in many other countries, including Africa. She has published widely on women's empowerment, gender planning and sexuality and has been involved in designing the African Women's Gender Index (AGDI). Together with Evelyn Blackwood she edited the anthology Female Desires: Same-Sex Relations and Transgender Practices Across Cultures (Colombia University, 1999), which won the 1999 Ruth Benedict Award. She is currently affiliated to the University of Amsterdam and is the president of the International Association for the Study of Sexuality, Culture and Society.

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This unique book documents same sexuality in East and southern Africa. Eight of the chapters have been co-authored by women activists spanning six different countries. They have collected personal narratives on a range of issues related to sex and secrecy. This is an incredibly difficult area to research as many African leaders declare it taboo on the basis that these practices are alien to African culture and an import from the depraved west.

The book demonstrates that there are silenced, traditional, institutionalised ways in which African women contracted same-sex relations. Second, it proclaims the right of African women engaged in same-sex practices or relations to their identities as Africans, as several interviewees state: we, lesbian women, are born here in Africa, we belong here. Who can say we are un-African? Third it gives a vivid portrait of the lives of African women engaged in same-sex relations and practices, portraying the joys of having found love as well as the pains of betrayal and the hatred encountered in their communities, as well as the many shades of emotions in between. This book eloquently testifies that although silence isolates and protects these women, some are beginning to speak out.

About the Author
Ruth Morgan
is an anthropologist from Johannesburg, South Africa. She has been the director of the Gay and Lesbian Archives since 2002. She received her doctorate in linguistic anthropology from the American University, Washington D.C., in 1995. She has focused on life-story research for the past fifteen years. She has been collecting life stories on same sexuality within an African context for GALA since 1997. If you would like to learn more about GALA click here to visit their website.

Saskia Wieringa is an anthropologist who has studied women's same-sex relations for over twenty years. She has worked mainly in Indonesia, but has done research in many other countries, including Africa. She has published widely on women's empowerment, gender planning and sexuality and has been involved in designing the African Women's Gender Index (AGDI). Together with Evelyn Blackwood she edited the anthology Female Desires: Same-Sex Relations and Transgender Practices Across Cultures (Colombia University, 1999), which won the 1999 Ruth Benedict Award. She is currently affiliated to the University of Amsterdam and is the president of the International Association for the Study of Sexuality, Culture and Society.

Parameters of Book: Book
Sub-title: Female same-sex practices in Africa
Author: Ruth Morgan & Saskia Wieringa
ISBN: 9781770090934
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Size (mm): 210x148mm
Pages: 336pp
format: Paperback
Colour: Black & White
Rights: World
Language: English
Publication Date: 2005-06-01
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