Teaching sex times

A space for conversation and knowledge building about sex

Authored by: Tiffany Kagure Mugo

Routledge Handbook of Queer African Studies

Print publication date:  December  2019
Online publication date:  December  2019

Print ISBN: 9781138503472
eBook ISBN: 9781351141963
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781351141963-16

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Abstract

What is the sex and sexual education I want to have all about? In a hyper sexualized world, one would presume that there are so many places in which one can get this answer: Magazines, movies, the internet, one’s older cousin who once heard something from someone else who heard it from someone else … etc. Globally, sex education is mediocre at best and detrimental at worst. Schools either seek to teach a clinical version of what is involved in the coitus with information littered with warnings of genital warts, gonorrhea, and/or pregnancy while in some cases sex as a topic is simply avoided all together as if some sort of mythical act performed once in a blue moon to further humanity. This huge hole of information is met on the other side with the vortex that is the Internet where the pornography of everything exists; not the healthiest source of information about sex and sexuality (unless one stumbles onto some good feminist resources). Overall, the Internet as an archive of sexual acts remains, in the eyes of many, very scary and problematic. Even though historically, within the continent of Africa, there were spaces in which one could safely learn about sexuality in a healthy holistic manner such as in traditional rites of passage for your men and women, sexual education is lagging behind other subjects today.

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