In the Caribbean sexuality has never been a topic for public discussion. Previously relegated to theatrical innuendo, musical lyrics and other popular forms of cultural expression, the HIV and AIDS pandemic have now thrown this taboo subject centrestage. The discourse on gender and sexuality is however, still being shaped and this book sets the platform for that discussion.
Proceeding from a premise that gender influences sexuality and sexual behaviour, Sex, Power and Taboo provides an interdisciplinary approach to the exploration of how gender affects HIV risk and prevention. The paradigm of HIV and AIDS research is shifted by illuminating the influence of gender ideologies, norms and power relationships on sexuality, and the impact of gender to HIV risk and prevention within and outside of the Caribbean.
The contributors are Caribbean and international, and discuss gender and sexuality for the academic, for those in the public health service as well as social policymakers. Sex, Power and Taboo contributes to the research-based interventions to aid the prevention of HIV and AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases and will assist in the design, implementation and evaluation of programmes addressing the AIDS epidemic.
- TABLE OF CONTENTS
- SECTION ONE: Pleasure, Intimacy and Economy
- 1. DYING FOR SEX: HIV/AIDS AND Other Dangers
- 2. THE SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC CONTEXT OF BLACK WOMEN LIVING WITH HIV/AIDS IN THE UNITED STATES: Implications for Research
- 3. BEYOND THE STRUCTURE VS. AGENCY DEBATE IN SEXUAL DECISION-MAKING: Love Letters, Youth Romance and the Paradoxes of Condoms in Uganda
- SECTION TWO: Violence, Power and Control
- 4. SEXUAL VIOLENCE AND WOMEN’S REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH IN JAMAICA: A Communications Perspective
- 5. GENDER SCRIPTS GUIDING THE SEXUAL RELATIONSHIPS OF CARIBBEAN AMERICANS
- 6. SEXUAL GENDER ROLES AND PREGNANCY INTENTION: Implications for Pregnant Women’s Sexual Self-Efficacy
- 7. LIVING WITH THE STEREOTYPE: The Impact of Popular Images on Black Caribbean Men’s Sexual Health
- SECTION THREE: Adolescent Sexualities
- 8. GENDER, SEXUALITY AND THE IMPLICATIONS FOR SUBSTANCE USE AND HIV/AIDS AMONG HAITIAN AMERICAN YOUTH IN SOUTH FLORIDA ‘Nigro? Nigga? West Indian? A which country i belang?’ Mutabaruka, Check It (1983)
- 9. JAMAICAN ADOLESCENTS’ SEXUAL BEHAVIOUR ANALYSED FROM A GENDER PERSPECTIVE
- 10. GENDER AND SEXUALITY: Behaviour, Attitudes and Taboos Among UWI Students on the St Augustine Campus
- SECTION FOUR: Transgressive Sexualities: Discursive Possibilities
- 11. ‘ALL MAN COME TOGETHER AND SAY BOYS MUS’ DEAD’: Hyper-heterosexuality, Afro-Jamaican Culture, and the 1997 Condom Riots
- 12. READING MIA MOTTLEY’S STATEMENT ON (HOMO)SEX: an interrogation of HIV/AIDS scripts on sexuality (and a call to engage alternative strategies for sexual autonomy)
- 13. CONTEMPORARY PLAGUE AND DISCURSIVE MINEFIELD: Literary Representations of the Impact of HIV/AIDS on Caribbean Social Relations