The special vocabulary is used by initiated men to keep sacred the rituals with which it is associated. This suggested that participants did not all think initiation was just about conformity, but also about proving their physical and emotional strength, irrespective of sexual orientation. Lets have everyone into the lounge for a little chit- chat about our fraternity. Comment contains invalid characters. Sign up now!
But I, willing to fit in, would take on anything they threw at me with a stiff upper lip, and thus keep my status high.
Understanding how young men develop a comfort in communication and trust with a parent is critical to developing family-based HIV intervention programs. I stayed with my boyfriend the whole time until I went out and became normal again. What impact has this had on you?
By not conforming to heterosexual norms, Themba had transgressed the sacredness of the ritual.