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

By Deevia Bhana

Basic schoolchildren are usually protected against schooling on sexuality and sexually transmitted ailments with a view to defend their innocence. In international locations like South Africa, the place AIDS is very common, it's particularly very important to deal with prevention with more youthful girls and boys as lively social brokers with the skill to have interaction with AIDS as gendered and sexual beings. This quantity addresses the query of children’s figuring out of AIDS, no longer easily when it comes to their dependence yet as lively contributors within the interpretation in their social worlds.

The quantity attracts on an interview and ethnographic dependent examine of youngsters in socially various South African fundamental colleges, in addition to interviews performed with lecturers and moms of little ones. It exhibits how adults maintain the construction of adolescence sexual innocence, and the significance of scaling up courses in AIDS intervention, gender and sexuality. It makes major contributions to the worldwide debate round youth sexualities, gender and AIDS schooling.

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At KwaDabeka, mothers are vulnerable as material, cultural, symbolic and discursive forces constrain agency as Chapter 4 illustrates about young girls. Childhood innocence, child protection, inequalities, suffering, and power inequalities create similar patterns that reduce women and girls agency and question the social conditions which lead to such vulnerabilities. At Bullwood, the context of privilege produces distancing from and the racialization of AIDS albeit with some level of reflection and reconsideration of hegemonic discourses.

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In addition, the place of play is a defining feature of children’s emerging sexual cultures (Thorne 1993). In this study, the game of kiss and catch was a powerful means through which sexuality was forged in the open spaces of the school ground. Children spoke pleasurably about boyfriends and girlfriends and about kissing and dating and talked at length about kiss-kisschase games, which functioned not only to reproduce their sexual identities but also to break down gender boundaries. KwaDabeka Similarly at KwaDabeka, discussions show how prominently sexual matters feature in children’s AIDS-related knowledge: DB: How exactly is AIDS spread?

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