Michael Soi, a well-known artist whose paintings satirise Kenya's culture of transactional sex, takes a similar but more cynical view, attributing the phenomenon more to laziness and a get-rich-quick mentality than to structural injustice. It's taken for granted in these conversations that men will provide the money on which women will survive. If one end of the sugar spectrum features young women with their sights set on a hot pink Range Rover, a luxury condo and first-class tickets to Dubai, at the other are women angling for little more than some mobile phone credit and maybe a lunch at Java coffee house. Nowadays, Vera is keen to promote herself as an entrepreneur, and runs a successful brand of "detox" herbal infusions called Veetox Tea. But while some feminists argue that any choice a woman makes is inherently feminist - because it was made by a woman - others question how free the choice to enter a sponsor relationship really is. Does the breaking of old taboos around sex represent a form of female empowerment? Jane, a year-old Kenyan undergraduate who readily admits to having two sponsors, sees nothing shameful in such relationships - they are just part of the everyday hustle that it takes to survive in Nairobi, she says.
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Phoebe GloecknerMarielle Heller. Both Alfred and her other sponsor, James, prefer not to use condoms, she says. Is she driven more by vanity or poverty, aspiration or desperation? View All Videos 1. She used the remaining Kenyan shillings she had in her wallet and took a bus to the city centre, where she looked for the first man who would pay to have sex with her. Two years into their relationship, the man moved her into a new apartment because he wanted her to be more comfortable.