This book examines the types, discourse modes, and effects of sex jokes in different African contexts, in a range of different cultural forms, from the internet to music, books, films, advertising, and images, thus filling the existing void in literature on the subject.

Arguing that sex jokes are used to perform a number of functions in African society, the contributors show how they can be used to perpetuate violence against women, construct spaces, resist oppression, create conformity, build affiliations, and subvert morality. They consider jokes from Egypt, Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, and Zambia in a range of forms including queer sex jokes, rape jokes, performed sex jokes, gendered humour, and resistance sex humour. The book places particular emphasis on the impact of new media platforms and the anonymity they provide.

Providing an important analysis of this tabooed but culturally important facet of everyday life, this book will be of interest to scholars of African culture and society from a range of disciplines, including anthropology, gender studies, literary studies, and sociology.

part I|62 pages

Sex joke

chapter 1|20 pages

Egyptian sex jokes

Perspectives, classification, and analysis
BySebastian Gadomski

chapter 2|15 pages

Sex humour

Purveyor of sex mores and power matrices
ByPatrick Chesi Lumasia

chapter 3|25 pages

The theatre of jokers

An investigation of the joking relationship between the Tonga and Lozi of Zambia
ByCheela Chilala, Humphrey M. Kapau

part II|46 pages

African language, folk music, and rhetorical strategies

chapter 4|23 pages

Pudendic cult and public discourse

Pornogrammar as a rhetorical strategy in Ghana's public spaces
ByJoseph Brookman Amissah-Arthur

chapter 5|21 pages

The dynamics of humour in coital imagery

Reflections on Bukusu Embalu and select East African popular music
ByFred W. Simiyu, Felix Orina

part III|30 pages

Sex joke and the written word

chapter 6|12 pages

Validating the subversive

A (re)reading of sex images in Okot p'Bitek's Song of Malaya
ByBarasa Remmy Shiundu

chapter 7|16 pages

Through the lens of gender

Sex jokes in selected contemporary East African popular fiction
ByVincent Odhiambo Oduor

part IV|58 pages

(Cis)gender, ideology, and discourse

chapter 8|13 pages

“I beg to differ”

Queer notes on Kenyan editorial cartoons
ByEddie Ombagi

chapter 9|22 pages

Sex jokes and ideology

A sociopragmatic inquiry of the place of humour in gender performance and practices
ByBenedicta Adokarley Lomotey, Grace Diabah

chapter 10|21 pages

Reinforcing gendered scripts

Sexuality and double performance in Helen Paul's joke-performance
ByIgnatius Chukwumah

part V|44 pages

Bodies and representations

chapter 11|16 pages

“Ooin, freaky freaky, you are doing well”

A discourse analysis of the representations of women in selected Nigerian skits
ByIbukun Filani, Adeoti Oluwatomi

chapter 12|26 pages

The humour of erotica

Representations of women in Ghanaian social media
ByHannah Woode Amissah-Arthur

part VI|40 pages

Resistance and responses

chapter 13|14 pages

Bizarre masculinity

Female response to rape jokes on social media in Nigeria
ByMartin Okwoli Ogba

chapter 14|24 pages

“Good for the goose, better for the gander”

Female sex jokes responses as resistance to cultural convention in selected social media chats
BySandra Nnabuife Nwagboso, Adachukwu Amalachukwu Okafor