paper presents a critical discourse on sexuality in Ghana. It examines the
religious, constitutional and legal arguments on sexuality. It also examines
the issue of sexuality (Homosexuality) as a normal or an abnormal behaviour,
private or public matter, as well as the place of morality in sexual matters.
All these were examined in respect of power relations and law. The study used a
letter written by the Christian Council of Ghana, internet news sources, and
some responses that were gathered via informal discussions.
study used various theoretical tools such as perspectives of queer theorists,
Foucault, and Brock’s writing on sexuality to interpret and interrogate the
data. The paper explores the clashes in the legal orders i.e. it shows how the
Ghana Criminal Code and other traditional norms criminalize ‘Unnatural Carnal
Knowledge’ intercourse whilst at the same time the constitution and other
international laws guarantee the right to freedom from discrimination. These
legal ordersbring into sharp focus issues of legal pluralism as the normative
orders contradicts a statutory order whilst at the same time the statutory
orders clash each other. The study also shows that whilst the dominant group
considers homosexuality as an abnormal sexual behaviour homosexuals through the
theoretical perspectives consider their sexual orientation as one of the
terrain towards sexual citizenship.
study further shows how ‘power’ permeate the whole sexual discourse as to who
even determines morality. The paper concludes by settling on recommending a
balanced approach to dealing with homosexuality rather than adopting an abusive
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