This thoughtful and accessible book provides a critical examination of the central debates attached to conceptualizing sexuality as a site of knowledge and politics. These are explored in chapters on the meaning of heterosexuality, sexual citizenship and the associated notions of sexual rights and obligations, queer theory and its relationship with feminisms, both `new' and `old'. Also included is discussion of responses to the HIV//AIDS epidemic and the implications for understandings of gender and sexuality.

Feminism and the Challenge of AIDS
Feminism and the challenge of AIDS

It is one thing to say that AIDS is a ‘women's issue’, another to claim that it is a feminist issue. The latter demands that we ask not only how HIV /AIDS affects women specifically, but also how the social, political and economic conditions of women's lives may influence their risk status and experience of HIV /AIDS. How, and in what ways, do gendered power relations impact on the pattern of HIV infection in women and the implications this has for their lives? The question can also be asked in the other direction. Do the social and economic consequences of HIV/AIDS serve to reaffirm and reinforce gender inequalities?

Much has now been written about women ...

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