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EnGendering AIDS
Deconstructing Sex, Text and Epidemic



February 1997 | 176 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
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.

 
Introduction
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

`This is a book which will be of use to all people engaged in AIDS work, at whatever level. Health promotion in the context of safer sex is a monumental task. Gender is one of the most significant factors contributing to continued epidemic growth. To make the healthier choice the easier choice demands no less than the eradication of the institution of male supremacy. Wilton's book goes a long way in ullustrating how and why this is simply an imperative' - Psychology in Society

`It is a valuable source book for further material

and in many respects provides a model for work where high theory can serve the need for health professionals to understand how the production and reproduction of health promotion materials and practices may be read' - Medical Sociology News

`Written as an analysis of HIV/AIDS and gender, Tamsin Wilton makes a thought provoking examination of their reference to safer sex health promotion and health education discourse. As the basis for her examination she takes a queer/feminist constructionist position and uses this viewpoint to consider issues of power, gender, sexuality and nationalism and their relationship with effective and radical HIV/AIDS health promotion strategy. The scope of her work draws on experience from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Scandinavia and the USA.' Journal of Advanced Nursing

'An original and stimulating analysis on gender and AIDS....This is an important book.' Business Standard

'The author asses safer sex health promotion and health education discourse and considers their unintended consequences for the cultural construction of gender and sexuality. She links the issues of power, gender, sexuality and nationalism in an attempt to offer a sound theoretical foundation for an effective and radical HIV/AIDS health promotion strategy.' CAB ABSTRACTS

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