Urban Sexuality in Gwelo District, 1916–1920
This chapter discusses problems of morality and sexual behaviour in the Gwelo District. The absence of lineage control in the towns left few sanctions against sexual violence. The whiff of ‘perversion’ that the Occupation had introduced hung over the urban streets. Manifestations of sexual harassment and assault that occurred in the town were specific to the social climate of urbanization and occupation. Colonization created ways of thinking about sexuality and sexual stimulation, producing certain new types of sexual behaviour. This chapter also discusses the ‘Black Peril’ issue that became the focus of growing political tensions, as the lives of African men were used as pawns in a power struggle between settler, BSACo, and Crown. In 1916, the Immorality and Indecent Behaviour Suppression Ordinance was passed adding to the legislation on the Black Peril.
Keywords: morality, sexual behaviour, Gwelo District, sexual violence, perversion, sexual harassment, sexual assault, Black Peril, Immorality and Indecent Behaviour Suppression Ordinance, urbanization
Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.
If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.