Are African attitudes towards sex fueling homosexuality in Uganda? Put differently, would liberal attitudes as is the case in the West where girls and boys are encouraged to have boyfriends and girlfriends openly at an early age curb the homosexual desire in Ugandan teenagers?
We are trying to think the how part: how can Uganda curb homosexuality apparently in single sex schools? I am asking you to reflect and weigh in on this sensitive issue. Is African culture which forces teenagers to pretend that they do not have sexual feelings unwittingly doing more to encourage homosexuality among Ugandan youth? Would encouraging teenagers-at say 16-to freely bring home their boyfriends and girlfriends be the solution to homosexual desires?
In other words, is the desire for women respectability harming Ugandan youth? Is homosexuality the unintended consequences of harsh African cultures that suppress sexual feelings? By respectability I mean the double standards in African cultures where young men can go out and date for ‘experience’, but the girls are not allowed to date/have sex outside marriage. How can Ugandan society save its children from homosexuality?
Not long ago, I was at a conference hosted by medical anthropologists and there was consensus that HIV/AIDS in Africa would not be that bad had African cultures been good at talking about sex. They cited a community in Southern Africa-Kungu people -who are very free with sexuality and sex education. Homosexuality is unheard of. Why? Because the teenagers can always quench their sexual desires the heterosexual way. Teenage pregnancies are very low. Why? Because the girls and boys respect nature and take precaution. HIV/AIDS is very low? Why? Because teenager have been taught about its dangers. I tied foreign aid partly to blame for homosexuality?
This is heavy lifting but we cannot pretend any more. How can African cultures reverse the menace? Let me say something about the accusations that single sex schools are to blame. The implication is that students in mixed schools are getting it. Not sure about that. I was in a single sex boarding school for over 10 years, but never heard any of that stuff. Sure there was bullying but to make the leap that bullying leads to homosexuality is wrong.
Secondly, Stop blaming Mulago and ask some tough questions. How many of you would feel comfortable in a house meant for 4 or 6 to suddenly be forced to occupy 20 people? That is what Mulago is going through. Mulago is doing too much. It is doing too much because Ugandans are producing too much and refusing to take personal responsibility. Yap. Yes that is what you get when you put quantity or faaa/bure above quantity. Folks at the rate Ugandans are producing; it will take a lot of money to just keep pace.
This business of cost then benefits later must be checked. Ugandans must stop doing things in reverse. If they don’t, trouble and yes, more misery awaits them. Mulago should be decongested but at the rate Ugandans are producing, Kampala may need 4 or even more district hospitals.