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Title:Sexuality and the Heterosexual Form: The Case of Zimbabwe
Author:Zinanga, Evelyn
Year:1996
Periodical:SAFERE: Southern African Feminist Review (ISSN 1024-9451)
Volume:2
Issue:1
Period:June
Pages:3-6
Language:English
Geographic term:Zimbabwe
Subjects:sexuality
Sex Roles
sociology
Sex
women
Abstract:To a large extent, Zimbabweans view sexuality in terms of its reproductive functioning, characterized by its genital heterosexuality where men initiate and control the experience. This article treats heterosexuality as sexual contact with the opposite sex, and sexuality is understood to encompass several elements which include the organization of masculinity and feminity, foreplay, intercourse, orgasm, etc. Heterosexuality in Zimbabwe must be understood in terms of the patriarchal and patrilineal nature of the society. Although some noticeable changes have taken place, e.g. with regard to virginity, conventional views are still prevalent. Women are viewed merely as sexual objects, and the unequal power relations within heterosexual relationships put them in a marginalized position. The notion that sexual pleasure can only be achieved through sexual intercourse (with men) is a weapon applied by heterosexuals to keep women emotionally and sexually dependent on men.
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