Essentially, anti-gay (and lesbian) prejudice in Africa is complicated. Whereas here it\’s just because some are homophobes.
What amuses me most about these sorts of arguments is that precisely those who argue that we are all much more similar than we are different, the internationalists, are those most willing to make complex arguments about those differences which do exist.
Why, for example, is the demasculinisation of the African male acceptable as an explanation of African homophobia (no, not an excuse for, not a justification for, but an explanation of) and the demasculinisation of the English working class not?
Chronic, endemic unemployment defines the majority of African men\’s lives – farming, on which 80% of the population depends, has always been a woman\’s job. A crisis of masculinity underlies much of the hysterical rhetoric around homosexuality.