Magazine sparks debate about men in skirts

Source:Reuters Published: 2017/9/21 20:08:40

Nigerians who say a new online fashion magazine promotes homosexuality by featuring men wearing makeup or clad only in miniskirts have misunderstood its agenda, according to its founder.

Homosexual acts are banned in Nigeria carrying a penalty of up to 14 years in prison and the magazine, called A Nasty Boy, has provoked strong reactions from some Nigerians since it started in February in the commercial capital Lagos.

"Nasty Boy is not a gay publication," said Richard Akuson, its founder and editorial director. It is "an issue-based fashion publication that pushes for conversations around gender, feminism, masculinity," said the 23-year-old law graduate.

Critics are sticking to rigid gender definitions that the publication seeks to subvert, he said.

Opinions of A Nasty Boy were mixed in the capital, Abuja.

A Nasty Boy is an example of the flourishing media scene and business culture in Nigeria, which is Africa's biggest democracy. It also reflects the growth of a more public debate in some parts of the continent about gender issues.

Reuters

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