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'Dethroned' Men Stage Sex Strike In Staunch Patriarchy Of Kenya

Polygamy is rampant, women are woefully underrepresented in politics and without the same land rights of men. But some Kenyan males have launched a surprising protest to any threats to their privileges.

Men in Nairobi, Kenya
Men in Nairobi, Kenya
Isabel Pfaff

No, it's not a joke: Men in Kenya are staging a sex strike. A nationally known men's rights activist has called for men to withhold any form of tenderness from their partners this week in a move protesting the alleged discrimination men face from women and the government.

This is not Kenya's first sex boycott. A women's organization staged a sex strike in 2009 as a way to get the attention of the male political elite. Men's rights activist Nderitu Njoka took note of the trick, and is applying it to protest the position of men in Kenyan society.

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