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Title:Imagi(ni)ng bodies as pleasure: interrogating sexual identity among university youth
Author:Osaaji, Mumia G.ISNI
Periodical:Mila: a Journal of the Institute of African Studies
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Kenya
East Africa
Anthropology, Folklore, Culture
Gender identity
Youth--Sexual behavior
Abstract:This article, which is based on research among students of the University of Nairobi in 2007, examines changing sexual identities among male youth in Kenya. It shows that sexual identity among Kenyan youth is in a state of flux; youth are under pressure to 'escape' from more conservative sexual identities to the innovative and attractive sexual images of youth in the Western world, as popularized by hip-hop. The sexual identity of male students is increasingly influenced by the glitz and glamour of rap music, sport, and the Internet. The key markers of this emerging identity are the unique dressing and hair styles, the adoption of special speech acts (American accent and 'Sheng' dialect), a concern for a 'sexy' physical appearance (including tattooing), an obsession with casual sex, and a heightened lust for ostentatious material possessions. Bibliogr., sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]