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Title:Male Involvement in Family Planning in Gusii Society: An Anthropological Overview
Author:Matsuzono, Makio
Periodical:African Study Monographs
Geographic term:Kenya
family planning
Women's Issues
Law, Human Rights and Violence
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Health and Nutrition
Family Planning and Contraception
Health, Nutrition, and Medicine
Cultural Roles
Marital Relations and Nuptiality
External link:https://jambo.africa.kyoto-u.ac.jp/kiroku/asm_normal/abstracts/pdf/18-3&4/18-3&4%20175-190.pdf
Abstract:Among the Gusii of western Kenya, contraception is largely the responsibility of women, although men are starting to take a more serious interest in family planing. Condom use is a growing contraceptive method for men, but the poor quality of commonly available condoms and the lack of encouragement and counselling for condom use to male clients in medical facilities are two major obstacles to their more widespread use. Most Gusii men have a negative and even antagonistic attitude towards vasectomy as a family planning method, equating vasectomy with the castration of a bull. Their negative attitude is deeply rooted in cultural values concerning manhood, procreative ability, and the ideal of a large family. Among the patrilineal Gusii, men's sexuality and reproductive power always take precedence over that of women. The article is based on research in Kisii and Nyamira Districts of western Kenya, where between 5 November and 9 December 1996 the author interviewed the medical staff at Kisii District Hospital, Kisii Static FPAK Clinic, Marie Stopes Kisii Clinic, and community based distribution agents, as well as conducting a preliminary survey on male involvement in family planning. Bibliogr., note, sum.