People in Somalia, Egypt, Ethiopia, Sudan, Sierra Leone, and other parts of Africa believe that an oversized or an unexcised clitoris is an obstruction to coitus, while masturbation is an avoidance of coitus. Both are thus considered inimical to fertility. This chapter provides two “sexual pre-texts,” one African and the other European, the latter of which relies on African genital practices. To a certain degree, one or the other or both, directly or subliminally, informed women's contemporary self-writing on excision. The chapter considers a tribade (from the Greek tribein which means “to rub”), which refers to a woman who finds sexual pleasure with other women, often by rubbing an enlarged clitoris, a practice that is similar to lesbianism. It shows that women's experiential texts show the clitoris as instrumental in shaping female gender identity. Thus, the clitoris is a core element of African women's writings.
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