Chicken sex (Zambia)

Posted by Keith Rennie on December 11, 2004

In Reply to: Chicken sex posted by ESC on December 11, 2004

: : As far as I can tell without thumbing through 4550 hits, ~ is a blend phrase meaning male child molestation. Yet if I search it as a slang expression I get precious few hits, suggesting it's one of those terms that can take on practically any meaning you want it to. Comments? Thanks all!

: "Chicken hawk" used to mean the above. Now it's taken on another meaning -- a man who advocates war but who hasn't served in the military.

Chicken sex in Zambia.
These connotations of "chicken sex" are not to be confused with a different usage known in Zambia, which may be more broadly regional. In Zambian local languages (Bemba group and probably others), a chicken (i.e. hen, fowl, not baby chick)commonly denotes a woman of no account. Therefore, to "have sex with a chicken" in Zambia would be taken to mean a brief, joyless encounter, like the farmyard rooster. This usage reported in local court proceedings was taken literally and misreported in the international press and on the internet earlier this year under the spectacular headline (from memory) "Zambian man divorced for sex with chicken". International readers would have reacted with puzzlement, hilarity or disgust. It made me curious to do some research. To Zambians--which I confirmed positively-- the statement that the husband had f**d a chicken means that he had had at least one quick one-night stand with a lady of easy virtue.
-- Keith