Tommy Boys, Lesbian Men, and Ancestral Wives: Female Same-sex Practices in Africa

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Jacana Media, 2005 - Social Science - 335 pages
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A vivid portrait of homosexual African women, this collection of essays examines and celebrates same-sex practices while acknowledging their taboo status in many African cultures. From Uganda to Namibia, governmental homophobia and female strength are among the thoroughly discussed issues.
 

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Contents

I want to marry the woman of my choice without fear of being stoned female marriages and bisexual women in Kenya
25
Immoral and Satanic loving secretly in Dar es Salaam Tanzania
53
Some say I am hermaphrodite just because I put on trousers lesbians and tommy boys in Kampala Uganda
65
I dont force my feelings for other women my feelings have to force me samesexuality amongst Ovambo women in Namibia
77
I am a pet goat I will not be slaughtered female masculinity and femme strength amongst the Damara in Namibia
123
My attitude is manly a girl needs to walk on the aisle butchfemme subculture in Johannesburg South Africa
199
This has happened since ancient times its something that you are born with ancestral wives amongst samesex sangomas in South Africa Ruth Morgan
231
Im the black sheep of my family samesexuality in the corners of Swaziland
261
Women marriages and other samesex practices historical reflections on African womens samesex relations
281
Presentday samesex practices in Africa conclusions from the African Womens Life Story Project
309
Endnotes References
325
References
326
Index
330
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Ruth Morgan, PhD, is an anthropologist and the director of the Gay and Lesbian Archives in Johannesburg. Saskia Wieringa is an anthropologist who has studied female same-sex relations for over twenty years. She is the coeditor of Female Desires: Same-Sex Relations and Transgender Practices Across Cultures and the president of the International Association for the Study of Sexuality, Culture, and Society.

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