A Philosophy and Theory of ‘Bottom Power’ and Human Sexuality

Omowumi Olabode Steven Ekundayo (PhD)


Sex and human sexuality are some of the most exciting and intriguing realities facing humanity. The mention and display of the word ‘sex’ and its physical symbols invoke different feelings and reactions from people depending on the context of reference. This essay examines the universal lure and use of sex in human society (‘bottom power’ in Standard Nigerian English). It specifically gives insight into the nature of human sexuality, explains why people use bottom power in their socio-economic interest, presents why men’s sexual behaviours and expectations are different from women’s,  conceptualizes and explains the three major templates that sustain, activate, facilitate and/or militate against human sexual expressions. The essay is predicated on the theory of social exchange and a proposed ‘biosycosocial model’ for rationalising and explaining human sexuality. It is a basic qualitative work based on interview, library and Internet sources, critical thinking and keen observation of the deployment of bottom power in human society. The paper established that human beings employ bottom power and their sexuality to eke out a living and/or improve their social status, lubricate the social wheel and wield influence in society. It concludes that sexual rules and regulations are in a state of flux from age to age and bottom power users do face the pros and cons of the game; that the selfish use of bottom power for socio-economic gains often undermines principles, quality and merit.