Childhood Sexuality and AIDS Education: The Price of by Deevia Bhana

By Deevia Bhana

Fundamental schoolchildren are usually protected against schooling on sexuality and sexually transmitted ailments for you to guard their innocence. In international locations like South Africa, the place AIDS is very frequent, it really is particularly very important to handle prevention with more youthful girls and boys as energetic social brokers with the capability to interact with AIDS as gendered and sexual beings. This quantity addresses the query of children’s knowing of AIDS, no longer easily when it comes to their dependence yet as energetic contributors within the interpretation in their social worlds.

The quantity attracts on an interview and ethnographic dependent learn of young ones in socially different South African fundamental faculties, in addition to interviews performed with lecturers and moms of children. It indicates how adults maintain the construction of early life sexual innocence, and the significance of scaling up courses in AIDS intervention, gender and sexuality. It makes major contributions to the worldwide debate round formative years sexualities, gender and AIDS schooling.

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South African Schools During the HIV/AIDS Epidemic. Pietermaritzburg: University of KwaZulu-Natal Press. Nattrass, N. (2004) The Moral Economy of AIDS in South Africa. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Parker, R (2001). "Sexuality, Culture, and Power in HIV/AIDS Research". Annual Review of Anthropology 30: 163–179. Parker, R. (2009) ‘Sexuality, Culture and Society: Shifting Paradigms in Sexuality Research’. Culture, Health & Sexuality: An International Journal for Research, Intervention and Care, 11(3): 251–266.

Their social, material and cultural world was really significant to their understanding of AIDS, sex and sexuality. Whilst they could see the pleasurable side of sex and showed a great deal of emotion in this regard, their pleasure was overlaid by the material and social circumstances in South Africa which make African working-class women vulnerable to rape and abuse. The emergent sexuality and agency of African, working-class girls is constrained by their knowledge of what happens to girls: rape, pregnancy, AIDS and death.

The chapter highlights the significant ways in which young children understand AIDS, sex, sexuality and the gendered narratives they deploy in relation to disease. Children’s presumed innocence, the social (and sexual) construction of AIDS and the heterosexualisation of desire and danger are key themes which punctuate boys’ and girls’ narratives of AIDS. The sexual transmission of the disease provided children with ample opportunity to discuss boyfriends and girlfriends, kissing and playing heterosexual games as they contested and challenged each other as boys and girls.

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