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Title:'Dear Diary I Saw an Angel, She Looked Like Heaven on Earth': Sex Talk and Sex Education
Authors:Pattman, RobISNI
Chege, Fatuma
Periodical:African Journal of AIDS Research
Geographic terms:Botswana
South Africa
East Africa
Southern Africa
Subjects:sex education
Health, Nutrition, and Medicine
Education and Training
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.2989/16085906.2003.9626565
Abstract:The authors highlight some of the problems involved in teaching HIV/AIDS education in southern and eastern Africa, and especially in generating open discussion among pupils about sex and sexuality. They draw on the findings of a UNICEF-funded study, held in 2001 in Botswana, Kenya, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe, in which they were involved as research consultants. The study focused on 'young people, gender, sexuality and HIV/AIDS education'. In Botswana, Rwanda and Kenya, teachers and young people were interviewed about their experiences with teaching/learning HIV/AIDS education. Young people were also interviewed more generally, in all the countries, about what it was like being a boy or girl of their age. The authors argue that HIV/AIDS education, as it is commonly taught, as a series of moral injunctions, silences young people. They propose HIV/AIDS pedagogies which emulate the practices the researchers adopted when researching the views of boys and girls concerning gender and sexuality. Because they were addressed as experts about themselves and in a holistic and non-judgemental way, the interviewees were able to speak about anxieties and pleasures, many of which related to sexuality. The authors argue for approaches to HIV/AIDS education which challenge gender power relations without alienating boys by problematizing them, and without reproducing stereotypes of boys as subjects and girls as objects of sexual desire. Rather than addressing girls and boys as unitary gendered subjects, they argue for approaches in HIV/AIDS education which are responsive to the different and contradictory ways boys and girls present themselves and talk about sexual desire and the opposite sex in different contexts. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract, edited]