On Monday’s edition of Amanpour and Company, the PBS and CNN International show found time to cover a topic that virtually nobody cares about: the sex lives of African women. This segment was not just about shoving anti-Semitism into the news, but also covered how to do so.Dobbs Comments, however, polygamy is a valid form of love.
Guest host Sara Sidner introduced the segment, “The rollback of women’s reproductive rights in America has dominated headlines after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe V. Wade. But a new taboo-busting book is focusing our attention on the rights and freedoms of women across the continent of Africa.”
That book was written by “The Ghanaian feminist author, Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah” who “traveled the continent to celebrate their stories of love, desire, and liberation. It is now available. African Women’s Sex Lives and Christiane sat down with Nana to discuss her fascinating investigation of women owning their sexuality and self-discovery.”
Amanpour expressed concern over stereotyping of the subject at one point during the interview and pulled up a clip from her Netflix documentary. Christiane Amanpour – Sex and Love Around the World One woman, who was caught declaring in her country that love can sometimes be shared between husbands with multiple wives, was displayed.
Back in studio, Amanpour asked, “So, on the one hand, love is love and all of us all over the world feel the same way. She also mentioned a very African trait that she writes about. There are two types of polygamy: polyamory. How much of those kinds of stories were people willing to share, because you have a very patriarchal society, obviously?”
Sekyiamah replied by declaring polygamy to be perfectly acceptable, “Yes, people are actually really willing to talk about different types of relationship structures including polygamy, including polyamory, as well as, obviously, monogamy, you know. And I think, actually for me, it was really helpful is for us to recognize that there are several valid forms of relationship structures.”
Not only is polygamy acceptable, for Sekyiamah it is preferable, “I don’t really believe in privilege and, you know, monogamy over polyamory, for instance. Personally, I favor polyamory more because it offers more choices and options. But that’s my personal bias, you know.”
If one were to follow Amanpour’s logic, is it now racist or culturally insensitive to believe in commitment to one person?
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This transcript is for the show on July 18.
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SARA SIDNER – The U.S. Supreme Court reaffirmed the rollback in women’s reproductive rights. This has dominated news headlines Roe V. Wade. However, a controversial new book is drawing our attention to the rights and liberties of African women. Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah from Ghana, was a feminist author who traveled to Africa in order to share their stories of freedom, love and desire. It is now African Women’s Sex LivesChristiane met Nana for a fascinating discussion about her investigation into women’s sexuality and self-discovery. You can see their conversation.
CHRISTIANE AMANPOUR – So on one side, love is love, and everyone around the globe feels the same. You know what? She also mentioned a very African trait that you write about. There are two types of polygamy: polyamory. Were there many of those stories that people were willing to tell, given the patriarchal nature of our society?
NANA DARKOA SEKYIAMAH : People are willing to discuss different relationship types, such as polygamy and polyamory as well as monogamy. It was helpful for me to see that there were many valid types of relationships.
My belief in privilege is not a strong one. I prefer monogamy to polyamory. Because it allows people to choose more, polyamory is more appealing. This is just my bias. False monogamy is something that I do not like, according to my friend (INAUDIBLE). Many people believe they are monogamous, when in fact they don’t. I find this dangerous in terms of sexual health and general well-being.