EnGendering AIDS: Deconstructing Sex, Text and Epidemic

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In an original and stimulating analysis of gender and AIDS, Tamsin Wilton assesses safer sex health promotion and health education discourse, and considers their unintended consequences for the cultural construction of gender and sexuality. Taking a queer//feminist constructionist position, she links issues of power, gender, sexuality and nationalism to offer a sound theoretical foundation for an effective and radical HIV//AIDS health promotion strategy.

EnGendering AIDS draws on safer sex materials from the USA, UK, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and Scandinavia, and sets current practice against the historical context of VD//STD education, dissecting the role played by STDs in the cultural construction of gender. Wilton debates the meanings that erotic minorities read into bodies and desires, and how these have been transformed by AIDS, and suggests a new model of pornography that disengages the sexually explicit and//or erotically arousing from gendered power relations. EnGendering AIDS suggests a radically innovative approach to the development of effective safer sex promotional strategies based on new thinking in health promotion and on the insights of both radical feminism and Queer Theory.

The book will be of interest to professionals in health promotion and health education. It will also appeal to students and academics in women's and gender studies, lesbian and gay studies, sexuality, cultural studies, media studies, health studies, social policy and medical sociology.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761953821
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 5/5/1997
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 7.86 (w) x 9.36 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Meet the Author

Tamsin Wilton is Senior Lecturer in Health and Policy Studies at the University of the West of England. Her recent publications include Finger-Licking Good: The Ins and Outs of Lesbian Sex (1996), and Lesbian Studies: Setting an Agenda (1995).

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Table of Contents

A Note on Terminology
Sex, Texts, Power
A Sexed and Gendered Desire
Obstacles to Sexual Safety
Look after Yourself
HIV/AIDS Health Education and Promotion
Queen of the Fountain of Love
Gender, Disease and Death
Whatever Turns You On
Safer Sex Promotion
Nowhere Man
Representation, Resistance and Community
Action = Life

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