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Sex talk: Mutuality and power in the shadow of HIV/AIDS in Africa.

By Janet M. Bujra

Abstract

YesBids for mutuality in sexual partnerships are key to AIDS campaigning slogans such as\ud `negotiate¿, `know your partner¿ and `use condoms¿. This paper explores the\ud contradiction between more mutuality in sexual relations and the gender power politics\ud that render such mutuality difficult to achieve in Africa, as well as the caricatures of\ud `African sexuality¿ that have pervaded some of the literature. It looks at the new\ud discourses of sexuality delivered via NGOs and the state as well as the ways in which\ud customary silences about sex are being broken by ordinary people. It asks whether, given\ud the threat of HIV infection, people are talking in new ways about sexual relationships,\ud and how this talk is gendered. It also addresses the challenge to African feminism of\ud sexuality discourses and how these need to be rethought in the context of AIDS. It\ud concludes that the prospect of death by sex is transforming discourses, challenging\ud customary sexual practice and putting gendered inequalities in question

Topics: Sexuality discourses, HIV/AIDS, Sexual relations, Sexual practices, Sex and gender, Talking
Publisher: University of Bradford
Year: 2007
OAI identifier: oai:bradscholars.brad.ac.uk:10454/3844
Provided by: Bradford Scholars

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