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Where Does Oppression End and Pleasure Begin? Confronting Sexual and Gender Inequality in HIV Prevention Work

Héctor Carrillo

in Sexual Inequalities and Social Justice

Published by University of California Press

Published in print December 2006 | ISBN: 9780520246140
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520939141 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520246140.003.0006
Where Does Oppression End and Pleasure Begin? Confronting Sexual and Gender Inequality in HIV Prevention Work

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Two general strategies inform contemporary progressive HIV prevention work: first, greater promotion of sexual and gender equality, with the end of reducing the power gap between partners and hence, enabling sexual empowerment to adopt cautionary measures; second, to construct a “sex-positive” space in order to remove sexual taboos and promote greater acceptance of sexuality and sexual desires. This chapter seeks to identify the extent of compatibility/incompatibility of these strategies with the lived experiences and erotic sensibilities of the people whose health AIDS educators seek to promote. Initial efforts in Mexico concerning proliferation of AIDS awareness commenced in a social space that excluded open discussion of sex-related issues. As such, the efforts met stiff resistance from conservative religious groups strongly opposing governmental promotion of contraception. They came out with an alternative stating that intercourse among heterosexual marriages and abstinence outside of it are the only morally valid ways of fighting AIDS.

Keywords: general strategies; sex-positive space; erotic sensibilities; contraception; heterosexual marriage; morally valid

Chapter.  5783 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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