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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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Lagos Elite Women and the Struggle for Legitimacy

Lagos Elite Women and the Struggle for Legitimacy

(p.156) Chapter 7 Lagos Elite Women and the Struggle for Legitimacy
When Sex Threatened the State

Saheed Aderinto

University of Illinois Press

This chapter focuses on Lagos elite women's sexual politics. Lagos elite women were the first to insert illicit sexuality into their long list of projects aimed at improving women's sociopolitical and economic visibility. Like the male nationalists, they expressed optimism that the 1940s prohibitionist regime would help curb the menace of prostitution, especially the trafficking of girls. With time, the elite women would be disappointed by the paradoxical situation resulting from anti-prostitution laws: on the one hand, they fulfilled the demand for policing prostitutes and controlling the influx of girls into Lagos, but on the other hand, they opened up new arenas for the violation of women's rights.

Keywords:   Lagos elite women, sexual politics, prostitution, girl trafficking, anti-prostitution laws, women's rights

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