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Title:An Ambiguous Sexual Revolution? Sexual Change and Intra-Generational Conflict in Colonial Natal
Authors:Mahoney, Michael R.
Parle, Julie
Periodical:South African Historical Journal
Geographic terms:South Africa
Great Britain
Subjects:generation conflicts
Development and Technology
History and Exploration
Ethnic and Race Relations
Women's Issues
Status of Women
Law, Legal Issues, and Human Rights
Cultural Roles
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/02582470409464799
Abstract:This paper examines sexual change and intra-generational conflict in rural colonial Natal (South Africa). The authors argue that the colonial State helped ensure that sexual change privileged men over women, referring not only to the relationship between older men and their wives and daughters, but also to that between young, unmarried men and young, unmarried women. In late colonial Natal litigation over 'seduction' (illicit premarital intercourse) increased, because young people had many possible motives for engaging in premarital sex, while officials and elders had many motives for prosecuting it, such as the extraction of 'lobola' (bridewealth) from the young men. Moreover, conflicts between young men and young women could also turn up in seduction proceedings. However, all too often seduction was not punished at all, and despite Natal's strenuous efforts to eliminate seduction, it proved remarkably resilient. Notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]