Stereotyping Sexuality. A Study of the Ghanaian Term "kojo besia"


Essay, 2022

21 Pages


Abstract or Introduction

This study examines the discriminatory nature of the Ghanaian term "Kojo Besia". The fight against homosexuality in Ghana has been heightened by groups that preach proper sexual values. Comments of Ghanaians either on social media or by television interview show a high level disdain for homosexuality. The study tries to look at how stereotypes are created about effeminate males in Ghana. Are all effeminate males gay? Are there gay men who are not effeminate? Thus this study tries to understand why the term "Kojo Besia" is used and the discriminatory ideas embedded in this term. The study uses Foucault's idea of sexuality and fuses it with a maiden idea of sexuality by the author to critically address the term under study. Thus this study is relevant in understanding the Ghanaian beliefs and ideation with respect to homosexuality in Ghana. Cambridge learner’s dictionary (2013) defines stereotype as a fixed idea that people have about what a particular type of person is like, especially an idea that is wrong. Stereotypes are mostly discrimanatory and offensive in nature. In few situations are stereotypes positive. From a critical discourse perspective the research looks at the compound word "Kojo Besia".

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Title
Stereotyping Sexuality. A Study of the Ghanaian Term "kojo besia"
Author
Year
2022
Pages
21
Catalog Number
V1249528
ISBN (Book)
9783346687852
Language
English
Tags
stereotyping, sexuality, study, ghanaian, term
Quote paper
Harry Milton Hayford (Author), 2022, Stereotyping Sexuality. A Study of the Ghanaian Term "kojo besia", Munich, GRIN Verlag, https://www.grin.com/document/1249528

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