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When Sex Threatened the StateIllicit Sexuality, Nationalism, and Politics in Colonial Nigeria, 1900-1958$
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Saheed Aderinto

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780252038884

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252038884.001.0001

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Men, Masculinities, and the Politics of Sexual Control

Men, Masculinities, and the Politics of Sexual Control

(p.135) Chapter 6 Men, Masculinities, and the Politics of Sexual Control
When Sex Threatened the State

Saheed Aderinto

University of Illinois Press

This chapter examines men's reactions to prostitution legislation. Different contours of masculinities informed by location and by political and economic power influenced the degree of condemnation of or support for anti-prostitution laws. Men's reactions also differed depending on the age of prostitutes. A question that seemed relevant for this discussion of men's sexual politics is what it might take for moralists to become defenders of prostitutes' rights. The change of identity from being a moralist to an advocate for prostitutes' rights underscores the fluidity of debates about prostitution and the shifting positions of moralists. In “defending” prostitutes' rights against the injustice of the colonial state, men deployed the vocabularies of political and cultural nationalism, as they highlighted the integrity of “traditional” customs or criticized the British for imperial failure.

Keywords:   prostitution legislation, masculinity, anti-prostitution laws, sexual politics, prostitutes' rights, nationalism

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