Sexual culture throughout the world is encompassed of the socially and culturally planned existence of human sexuality, including assigned values, norms, beliefs, attitudes, and knowledge that’s hope and give significance to behaviors linked to sex. Sexuality in Africa has several manifestations with attitude varying, according to by region. Attitude toward sexuality may differ along the region between Sub-Saharan Africa and North Africa, with the former having been under the attraction of Christianity and the latter under the influence of Islam.
Much debate encompassing sexuality in Africa focuses on the effects of sexually transferred diseases. Although there endure African communities that are accepting of female pleasure, others may repudiate against such an attitude while others view sexual acts as primarily a track towards reproduction.
The variation in genetic diversity shows that in ancient African history, women were more inclined than men to copulate and sire offspring, possibly due to female hypergamy.
African Culture Sexuality – History
In Africa, a continent that is exceeding diverse, the pattern of sexual culture can be expected to exhibit considerable variation. In terms of religion, culture, language, topography, climate, economy, and governance, Africa presents a rich tapestry of destructive ways of life.
While Islamic culture predominates in the semi-tropical and desert region north of the Sahara, extending southwards along both the west and east coasts, Christianity pervades in much of the forest and savannah region south of the Sahara life in almost all African societies today resonate with an infusion of traditions derived from these major religion plus more indigenous aspects of culture such as animism and matrilineal descent (central and western Africa), or ancestor honoring and patrilineal descent (southern and eastern Africa).
The cattle-keeping pastoral communities of the south and east, such as the Buganda, Shona, Masai, and Zulu, offer a stark contrast to the much smaller agricultural and foraging societies that occupy the central rainforest belt. Africa is also homely to the san people (often termed Bushmen), one of the world’s longest-serving hunter-gathering groups. Perhaps what is the most common to all those societies is their rapid integration into national cash economics and global networks of trade and industry.
Modern scholarship on African sexual cultures gives recognition to the great diversity of Africa and seeks to accurately reflect this diversity through empirically grounded studies of people’s experiences of sexuality.
African Same-sex Sexuality And Gender-diversity
Good quality social science and humanity analysis about same-sex sexuality in Africa is rare. This does not indicate that same-sex sexuality is not practiced in Africa. The alarming news reports that resemble growing regularity about extreme feelings of homophobia in some African countries indicate that same-sex sexual connections are indeed part so the African sexual landscape.
The conversation about same-sex sexuality being “un-African” would be moot if African people did not engage it. In contrast, there are also supportive news reports, such as the new traditional African gay wedding in the town of KwaDukuza. South Africa, where Tzepo Medicine and Theda Sit hole married each other in a public ceremony to confirm as Medicine says their public appearance as “a sign that black gay men can commit and build a family through a happy and loving marriage.”
This higher matter of culture, health, and sexuality has been produced with economic support from Hives. We express gratitude to the organization that contributes to the realization of the conference Same-sex sexuality and gender Diversity. We also appreciate the participants who completed this conference meaningful and memorable.