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Title:Understanding sexual negotiation between marital partners: a study of Ogu families in southwestern Nigeria
Authors:Wusu, OnipedeISNI
Isiugo-Abanihe, Uche C.ISNI
Periodical:African Population Studies
Geographic term:Nigeria
Abstract:Studies on African sexuality have concentrated on male extramarital affairs and a total neglect of sexual negotiation between husband and wife. The present study examines gender differentials in sexual negotiation strategies between marital partners among the Ogu, southwestern Nigeria. Data were generated from a survey conducted among 900 married men and women and 9 focus group discussions. Analysis reveals that both husband and wife have sexual needs and desires. While men do make direct demands for sex, women employ indirect erotic strategies to initiate sex. The consent of both partners is required for a sexual encounter to give maximum pleasure. Logistic models show that urban residence and frequent spousal communication are associated with gender equity in sexual negotiation between marital partners. It is suggested that sexual health programmes should therefore focus on both partners and not just men. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. in English and French. [Journal abstract]