Condoms and sex research

Nicole Vitellone

in Object Matters

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print June 2008 | ISBN: 9780719075681
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781700877 | DOI:
Condoms and sex research

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This chapter seeks to provide a history of sex research on the condom, addressing the following questions: What are the consequences of getting adolescents to speak about the condom and their sexual experiences in the public arena? What impact has sex research had in producing knowledge of adolescent sexuality? Focusing on HIV/AIDS research conducted within university departments throughout the 1990s, the chapter addresses the role social scientists have played in constructing knowledge about the condom and sexuality post-AIDS, and questions the research methods used by social scientists to evaluate adolescent sexual behaviour and condom use. In particular, it analyses the consequences of qualitative research methods and their impact on the construction of adolescent sexuality, and, in examining research on condom use, shows how the issue of gay and lesbian invisibility raised in relation to the ‘Rubber Wars’ in Chapter 1 concerns the production of safer sex stories. The chapter highlights how qualitative methods constitute adolescence as an unfinished, yet-to-be-complete (hetero)sexual identity, one that is narrativised via the condom.

Keywords: adolescents; sexual behaviour; sexuality; HIV/AIDS research; gays; lesbians

Chapter.  7311 words. 

Subjects: Cultural Studies

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