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Sexualities: Practices: Sub-Saharan Africa
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In talking about sexualities in Sub-Saharan Africa it is important to make an analytical distinction between “sex for pleasure” and “sex for procreation.” This is not to say that there is no overlap between the two. When during initiation rituals young women are instructed in the arts of love and seduction, it is also done, particularly in matrilineal societies, with an eye to the importance of attracting y…

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Arnfred, Signe, “Sexualities: Practices: Sub-Saharan Africa”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 01 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0199g>
First published online: 2009

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