n Gender Questions - Queer Africa: New and Collected Fiction, Karin Martin and Makhosazana Xaba, (Eds.) : book review

Volume 3, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 2309-9704



is a collection of 'unapologetic' stories that present the challenges people face in expressing their sexualities in patriarchal African societies. Today, the majority of African countries criminalise same-sex intimacy, and still subject women to oppression by men. These well-written stories show the extent to which people go to express their sexual desires, even in the context of strict discrimination and condemnation. It is noteworthy that the dominant discourses in Africa suggest that same-sex intimacy is un-African, and that sexuality in Africa is largely a heterosexual phenomenon. The following analysis of stories from different African countries not only shows that same-sex intimacy is , but also that sexual desires (whether same-sex or heterosexual) are innate, and people can only express them when their socio-political context allows such relationships.

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