Illustration by Nathi Ngubane

Why the Rise of Homegrown African Porn Still Hurts Women the Most

On Ivorian revenge-porn, its links to rape culture, religious hypocrisy and the double standards about who can watch.

I was 11 when I watched my first porn. Someone had recorded it on a cassette, and I found it in a room. I remember feeling grossed out and weirdly excited by these people having sex in front of my eyes.

None of them looked like me, so I always associated porn with the "other." It was another world. Degrading, ridiculous and yet so shameful. Good African girls were not supposed to watch porn.

Or so I had been told by my Ivorian family when I got caught.

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