- The first ethnographic study of sexual minorities in Africa, and one of very few works on sexual minorities in the Islamic world
- Engagingly written, combining innovative, ethnographic narrative with analyses of sociolinguistic transcripts, historical texts, and popular media, including video, film, newspapers, and song-poetry
- Analyzes the social experiences and expressive culture of ‘yan daudu (feminine men in Nigerian Hausaland) in relation to local, national, and global debates over gender and sexuality at the turn of the twenty-first century
- Winner of the 2009 Ruth Benedict Prize in the category of "Outstanding Monograph"
Keywords: gay studies, queer, ethnography, gender, sexuality, sociolinguistics, Islam, Muslim, Hausa, Africa, Historical & Regional Anthropology, Linguistic Anthropology, Historical & Regional Anthropology, Linguistic Anthropology