The International Encyclopedia of Sexuality published by Continuum International Publishing (now Bloomsbury) available online at The Kinsey Institute’s website, contains revealing observations about sexual attitudes in SA. Researched and written by local academics and doctors, the scholarly tome makes for fascinating (if not voyeuristic) reading. It relates how the most vociferous support from censorship, pre-apartheid, came from religious denominations led by the Dutch Reformed Church.
“The religious-i nf luenced taboos around sexuality are particularly strong in SA. Public discourse on sexuality has been severely restricted by legal, political, religious, and social norms. Stringent censorship has been a central and a bizarre feature of South African life. For example, in 1965, an [Afrikaans] movie, Debbie, was initially banned because the chairman of the censor board believed that Afrikaner women do not get pregnant while unmarried,” the SA chapter reads.