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.
Chapter 8: In/Visible Women and Dis/Appearing Men
Cultural constructions of AIDS and HIV infection influence the formation of HIV policy and education, research paradigms and media accounts as well as individual understandings of risk and safety. More specifically, they invoke and constitute particular ideas about gender and sexuality, which inform representations of women and men in discourses on AIDS, in particular in HIV policy and health education. This chapter will examine constructions of gender in the context of HIV/ AIDS and, related to this, consider how (hetero)sexuality is conceptualised. In so doing, I hope to illustrate some of the contradictions that exist in the representation of women, men and heterosexuality within AIDS discourse.
In the AIDS crisis, women are most of the time ...