Boy-Wives and Female Husbands: Studies in African Homosexualities

Among the many myths created about Africa, the myth that homosexuality is absent or incidental is one of the oldest and most enduring. This book documents same sex patterns in some fifty societies, in every region of the continent. Essays by scholars from a variety of disciplines explore institutionalized marriages between women, same sex relations between men and boys in colonial work settings, mixed gender roles in East and West Africa, and recent developments in South Africa, the first nation to institutionally ban discrimination based on sexual orientation. Also in included are oral histories, folklore, and translations of early ethnographic reports by German and French observers. The book is organized geographically according to four broad regions in sub-Saharan Africa: the Horn of Africa, Sudan and East Africa; West Africa; central Africa; and southern Africa. Each section begins with a survey by the editors of historical and anthropological reports. The book ends with a review of the literature on woman-woman marriages. Contributors: Stephen O. Murray, M. Haberlandt (translated by Bradley Rose), Deborah P. Amory, Michael Davidson, Rudolf P. Gaudio, Nii Ajen, Gnther Tessmann (translated by Bradley Rose), Jean Baptiste Labat (translated by Will Roscoe), Kurt Falk (translated by Bradley Rose and Will Roscoe), Marc Epprecht, Kendall, and Joseph M. Carrier.

Title: Boy-Wives and Female Husbands: Studies in African Homosexualities
Editors: Murray, Stephen O.
Roscoe, Will
Chapter(s): Present
Year: 1998
Pages: 358
Language: English
City of publisher: New York / Basingstoke, Great Britain
Publisher: St. Martins Press / Macmillan
ISBN: 0333753208; 031221216X
Geographic terms: Subsaharan Africa
Africa
Abstract: Among the many myths created about Africa, the myth that homosexuality is absent or incidental is one of the oldest and most enduring. This book documents same sex patterns in some fifty societies, in every region of the continent. Essays by scholars from a variety of disciplines explore institutionalized marriages between women, same sex relations between men and boys in colonial work settings, mixed gender roles in East and West Africa, and recent developments in South Africa, the first nation to institutionally ban discrimination based on sexual orientation. Also in included are oral histories, folklore, and translations of early ethnographic reports by German and French observers. The book is organized geographically according to four broad regions in sub-Saharan Africa: the Horn of Africa, Sudan and East Africa; West Africa; central Africa; and southern Africa. Each section begins with a survey by the editors of historical and anthropological reports. The book ends with a review of the literature on woman-woman marriages. Contributors: Stephen O. Murray, M. Haberlandt (translated by Bradley Rose), Deborah P. Amory, Michael Davidson, Rudolf P. Gaudio, Nii Ajen, Gnther Tessmann (translated by Bradley Rose), Jean Baptiste Labat (translated by Will Roscoe), Kurt Falk (translated by Bradley Rose and Will Roscoe), Marc Epprecht, Kendall, and Joseph M. Carrier.