A close reading of popular discourses on women and the AIDS epidemic reveals the ways in which such depictions produce and reiterate power-laden notions of normative sexuality.
Prostitutes, one frequently depicted'kind'of woman, are presented as indiscriminate, polluting to men and categorically different from'normal'women.
Other women depicted in AIDS discourses are almost always HIV-positive mothers or pregnant women ; these women are usually only of concern insofar as they may infect their babies.
The themes of self-control, self-discipline and personal responsibility may also stigmatize women.
Such discourses suggest that those who have AIDS are responsible for their own illness.
They also deflect attention away from the socioeconomic contexts that may make it more difficult for some to avoid infection, away from the connections between poverty, illness and disempowerment, and away from systematic inequalities that characterize U.S. society.
Mots-clés Pascal : SIDA, Virose, Infection, Sexualité, Rôle sexuel, Responsabilité, Prostitution, Etiologie, Mass media, Discours, Analyse contenu, Opinion publique, Milieu culturel, Environnement social, Femme, Homme, Etats Unis, Amérique du Nord, Amérique
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : AIDS, Viral disease, Infection, Sexuality, Sex role, Responsibility, Prostitution, Etiology, Mass media, Discourse, Content analysis, Public opinion, Cultural environment, Social environment, Woman, Human, United States, North America, America
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Cote : 96-0086201
Code Inist : 002A26N06. Création : 199608.