Sex and Sexuality

This theme focusses on histories of sex and sexuality in nineteenth- and twentieth-century South Africa. It builds on a rich scholarship on the field in southern Africa, paying particular attention to sex education, and to oral testimonies collected from elderly people on their sex lives.

A histories of sexuality reading group meets monthly. Contact Sarah Emily Duff (sarah.duff@wits.ac.za) for more information.

A podcast of two papers presented by Sarah Emily Duff and Catherine Burns at the Institute of Historical Research's History of Sexuality Seminar in May 2014.

A seminar paper on Sarah Emily Duff's work on sex education in South Africa during the early twentieth century.

Sarah Emily Duff writes about sex education in South Africa in the 1920s and 1930s for The Conversation.

Catherine Burns on recent efforts to compel female medical students to use contraceptive implants.