Sex in Afrikaans: who’s getting it and who isn’t?
“In South Africa, there are over 40 000 registered swingers.” Excuse me, what? There’s a registry? Is it like the Yellow Pages for “the lifestyle”? (For our younger readers, the Yellow Pages was a big ol’ book you could use to look up plumbers and so forth when we all had landlines; it had actual yellow pages. Today you’d Google.)
The above statement comes from Sex in Afrikaans, a six-part series that talks – really talks – about all sorts of sex (mostly in Afrikaans, with English subtitles), specifically from the point of view of the Afrikaans community, which is considered generally conservative, but there is oh-so-much sex going on, in every shape, form and kink you can imagine. And probably quite a few you have not.
The format of the show is to introduce an aspect of sex – like swinging – and interview those who take part. Then there’s a sort of group therapy sharing session with four couples and two single people, who discuss the subject, what they think about it, were they aware of it, would they – ahem – do it themselves? Three couples are man/woman, and the other is gay men. I would have liked to see a lesbian pair in the mix as that would have brought in an important perspective on many of the topics, which was missing.
The group is facilitated by clinical psychologist Bradley R Daniels, who says in the beginning that he has heard it all, and there is nothing left to shock him. Good for you, Bradley; the rest of us are going to have a few eye-opening, jaw-dropping moments. And that goes for the group of Afrikaans people he’s interviewing.
As much as Sex In Afrikaans explores the specific population group’s reactions and experiences, and as much as the interviews and footage are extremely graphic, the group – with Bradley’s guidance and questions – opens up the world that is not vanilla and encourages frank and open discussion … and acceptance. Each episode ends on a positive note with a takeaway message, and reminds us that anything that goes on in an adult consensual relationship that doesn’t hurt anyone else is okay. You do you, Boo.
The series features interviews with sex workers, adult shop owners, a unicorn (which will be explained, and it’s maybe not what you’re thinking right now especially if you know the Afrikaans word), swingers, dominatrixes, a crossdresser, a dungeon master, people who dress up like babies, an 81-year-old man who dresses in a full body latex suit, and another guy who’s a lot younger and demonstrates his AI doll, which he asked to be made to look like his friend, and that was a bit weird, I cannot lie.
Between these people (and there will always be a bit of apprehension that you will see someone you know) and the ones in the group, I think it’s important to note that anything goes and it has nothing to do with what you look like. That oom and tannie at the farmers’ market have got some seriously hardcore action going on in the bedroom, and is it even possible to have that many orgasms in an hour without dying?
Whatever your reason for watching this series, whether it’s to try to see if Zee the porn star really does have a frighteningly large penis (and shame, what the Lord giveth in that region, the Lord tooketh away in another), to gain insight and assurance that you are not as weird as you thought you were, or just for a deeper insight into sexy things, Sex In Afrikaans has got you covered.
In the last few minutes of the sixth episode, single Rea recaps what she has learned, and it’s hilarious. It’s also something that simply cannot be enjoyed in anything other than Afrikaans.