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Challenging the Namibian perception of sexuality.

This book breaks new ground by challenging taboos surrounding the subject of sexuality and providing a case study of sexual relations amongst the Ovahimba and Ovaherero in northwestern Namibia. Among the many interesting findings we learn that boys are regarded as female before circumcision; children explore sexuality through engaging in sexual games condoned by adults; and same-sex sexual practices exist in a variety of settings.

The book explores the socio-cultural environment and historical changes that impact on sexual norms and values, and provides valuable insights for stakeholders to develop better strategies for tackling the rapid spread of AIDS in this region.

Gamsberg Macmillan, Windhoek 2002
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Author:Talavera, Philippe
Publication:Sister Namibia
Article Type:Book Review
Date:Oct 1, 2002
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