Beyond Asexualization: Narratives of Sexual Objectification of Persons with Albinism in Nigeria

  • Adediran Daniel Ikuomola Department of Sociology, Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko, Ondo State, Nigeria
Keywords:
objectification, socio-cultural expectations, assumptions, life-course

Abstract

Often overemphasised, in most sexuality studies, is that persons with disability, especially women, face experiences of asexualization rather than sexualisation. Similarly overemphasised is the faulty monolithic assumption that economic deprivation is the causal factor in the objectification of persons with disability. This has unintentionally created an expectation that objectifying environments are the inevitable and immutable default to economic distress. This is often not the case within the socio-cultural space of persons with albinism (PWA) in Southern Nigeria, where their presence is obvious. As a departure, this study examined the sexual objectification of PWA in Nigeria. It was discovered that at some points in the life course of PWA, most especially among the women with the development and aging of their body, objectification added to mental health risks such as withdrawal syndrome, isolation and indolence. The study concludes that cultural attitudes not only creates and threatens PWA sexed and gendered body confidence in relationships but also for them to be labelled and misconstrued as sexually inactive.

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Published
2019-03-26
How to Cite
Ikuomola, Adediran. 2019. “Beyond Asexualization: Narratives of Sexual Objectification of Persons With Albinism in Nigeria”. Issues in Ethnology and Anthropology 14 (1), 223–245. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.21301/eap.v14i1.9.