Lawyer Adomako Baafi, a former Communications Director of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), has criticized comments made by the Minister of Communication and Digitalization, Ursula Owusu Ekufful, regarding sex toys.
According to Baafi, men and women are alive and based on natural and Biblical teachings, are intended to engage in intimate relationships rather than resorting to the use of objects such as sticks and sex toys.
Speaking in an interview on Okay FM on December 19, 2023, he expressed concern over the potential consequences of such activities, emphasizing the impact on individuals’ health and the resulting strain on government resources.
“She (Ursula) is my sister, and she is in my party, so in communication, you highlight what is positive and deduce what is negative. But it is not the best. Are men dead? Are women also dead?
“Even though everybody is facing issues in his or her marriage but does that justify us using sticks as sex objects? Jesus Christ!
“There are certain things we shouldn’t mention as human beings created by God in His image and likeness. So, it is not good. It has a lot of consequences; the government will use the money to purchase drugs for its consequences, and that money can be used to do other projects,” Baafi stated.
Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, urged parliament recently to tread cautiously as it considers the Promotion of Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values bill (anti-LGBTQ+ bill) to avoid unintended consequences.
Speaking on the floor of parliament during the consideration of amendments to the bill on Tuesday, December 12, 2023, Owusu-Ekuful, MP for Ablekuma West raised concerns about a proposed amendment to Clause 3 of the bill which suggests the criminalisation of sex toys.
She indicated that sex toys cannot be criminalised because they are also used by straight people to enhance sexual experiences.
“I think we raised this when the committee was considering it (the bill) that the proposed amendment in 3(c) may create unintended consequences because sexual intercourse between a man and an inanimate object or a woman and an inanimate object would necessarily include sexual intercourse with all manner of aids that couple use to enhance the sexual experience.
“And I’m not sure if that’s what the intention of this bill is. It would necessarily include sex toys and other aids that couples, heterosexual couples, also use to enhance the sexual experience,” she said.
The Minister continued, “So if that is what the house intends then we have to be clear in our minds that we may be criminalising activities which may not necessarily be limited to only those LGBTQI community that the target of this bill is, but it may also be targeting straight couples who use sex enhancement tools to enhance the sexual experience”.
The MP went ahead to propose the removal of the said amendment from the bill.
“So, we need to be mindful of the unintended consequences of 3(c) could be. And I’ll propose that 3(c) be deleted from this amendment.”