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The Sex Lives of African Women uniquely amplifies individual women from across the African continent and its global diaspora, as they speak of their diverse experiences of sex, sexualities and relationships.
Many of the women who tell their stories in this collection recall the journeys they have travelled in order to own their own sexualities. They do this by grappling with experiences of child sexual abuse, resisting the religious edicts of their childhood and by asserting their sexual power.
From finding queer community in Egypt, to living a polyamorous life in Senegal, to understanding the intersectionality of religion and pleasure in Cameroon, to choosing to leave relationships that no longer serve them, these narratives are as individual and illuminating as the women who share them.
The Sex Lives of African Women provides a deep insight into women's quest for freedom, highlights the complex tapestry of African women's sexuality and bestows upon all women inspirational examples to live a truly liberated life.
"Extraordinarily dynamic.... A book like none you will have read before.... Documents and legitimises the desires and sexuality of African women, beyond every conceivable stereotype.... With sensitivity, this book has facilitated astonishing breaking of silences." (The Guardian)
"A beautiful, delicate and sometimes brutal exploration of African Womanhood and sexuality, honest and moving. A vital treasure." (Bolu Babalola, author of Love in Colour)
"Such a beautiful read, like chatting to a friend over a cuppa. This is the intimate, insightful read that I didn't know I needed. Just brilliant." (Dorothy Koomson, author)