CONTEMPORARY GENDER AND SEXUALITY IN AFRICA: African-Japanese Anthropological Approach
Africa has fostered a rich culture of gender and sexuality from which non-African societies can learn. Most African traditional sexual customs differ greatly from Western colonial thought, which prioritizes an individualism that respects the individual’s free will and way of life. Regardless of the existence of various images of Africa, globalization and conflict have made it inevitable that African people today must respond to sudden changes in the political environment and norms due to the influx of new thoughts and ideas. From colonial tensions to the consequences of globalisation, women easily have to sacrifice their sexualities. Also, the reader can observe that the Japanese/African ethnographic surveys in this book are influenced by the researchers’ personal backgrounds, including their religion, social class, and sexual orientation.