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Sexual Inequalities and Social Justice$
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Niels Teunis and Gilbert Herdt

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780520246140

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520246140.001.0001

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Where Does Oppression End and Pleasure Begin? Confronting Sexual and Gender Inequality in HIV Prevention Work

Where Does Oppression End and Pleasure Begin? Confronting Sexual and Gender Inequality in HIV Prevention Work

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(p.109) Chapter 5 Where Does Oppression End and Pleasure Begin? Confronting Sexual and Gender Inequality in HIV Prevention Work
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Sexual Inequalities and Social Justice
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Héctor Carrillo

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520246140.003.0006

Two general strategies inform contemporary progressive HIV prevention work: first, greater promotion of sexual and gender equality, with the end of reducing the power gap between partners and hence, enabling sexual empowerment to adopt cautionary measures; second, to construct a “sex-positive” space in order to remove sexual taboos and promote greater acceptance of sexuality and sexual desires. This chapter seeks to identify the extent of compatibility/incompatibility of these strategies with the lived experiences and erotic sensibilities of the people whose health AIDS educators seek to promote. Initial efforts in Mexico concerning proliferation of AIDS awareness commenced in a social space that excluded open discussion of sex-related issues. As such, the efforts met stiff resistance from conservative religious groups strongly opposing governmental promotion of contraception. They came out with an alternative stating that intercourse among heterosexual marriages and abstinence outside of it are the only morally valid ways of fighting AIDS.

Keywords:   general strategies, sex-positive space, erotic sensibilities, contraception, heterosexual marriage, morally valid

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