For some reason I don’t pretend to understand, I have a lot of African bisexuals following me on Twitter that I didn’t ask for and reading what they have to say and what they’re doing is interesting and more so when, as I’ve said a thousand times, there’s always been this perception that all Blacks are homophobic and one that remains “true” today despite the obvious evidence that contradicts this perception.
Someone had made a statement that homosexuality in Africans – and that includes African-Americans – doesn’t really exist and someone responded by telling them to read a paper written by Stephen O. Murray and Will Roscoe entitled, “Boy-wives and Female Husbands – Studies in African Homosexualities.
I wanted to read this, and they sent me the link to where the paper is located: https://www.semanticscholar.org/paper/Boy-Wives-and-Female-Husbands-Murray-Roscoe/7a41ad22483180a5367b239e825f14b3ff148fdd
So far, it’s making for some interesting reading and despite quite a few typos. A lot of what I’ve read so far wasn’t unknown to me because of the stuff I had been researching and from all the sources that were available – before the WWW and better search engines came to be. I had to wave my fingers over it to open the provided link in Safari (since I was doing all of this on my iPad) and once that was done, send it to the Apple Books app and, voila – I don’t have to read it from a web browser. The one thing that stood out right away was that this perception and assumption came about when very early Europeans “stumbled” upon the African continent and declared that homosexuality didn’t exist in Africa.
You’d have to read it to really get this gist of things. A lot of this early “research” seemed to have been done by anthropologists who, um, didn’t do a good job of reporting things, to put it like that. The only thing I thought that got them off the hook was a statement that said that anthropologists weren’t being sent there to dig into African sexual behaviors so in some cases, when they saw homosexuality at work and in some forms, they didn’t “write it down” or, if they did, they glossed over things and it is to note that many of them were tasked to find out specific things so a lot of them were seeing this but because it wasn’t what their employers asked for, nothing was said.
What I’m reading about how African across the continent were dealing with this is… fucking fascinating. In most of the situations I’ve read so far, while Europeans were losing their shit over the “barbaric and unnatural sexual behaviors” they were seeing between and involving men, quite a few tribes or areas didn’t see it as them doing anything wrong since they didn’t “subscribe” to Judeo-Christian beliefs… and some still don’t.
I’ve got a ways to go before I finish it but I had to get this out there before it fell through the cracks due to me doing other stuff. If you’re interested, read it and, if not, okay.
This has got to be one of the shortest TBTs that I’ve written in a while…