"When you carry condoms all the boys think you want it" : negotiating competing discourses about safe sex.
With the advent of HIV, sexual health campaigns and formal sex education in schools have worked to instil the concept of safe sex into the collective minds of Australia's youth.
However the concept in its present guise is a fairly limited one.
We argue in this paper that the predominant emphasis in education programmes on safe sex as condom use may be counter-productive for some young heterosexuals for two reasons.
First, this strategy is male-focused and may not extrapolate well to young women who face special risks around pregnancy and rigid societal gender norms which govern sexual behaviour.
Second, health promotion strategies aimed at young heterosexuals are based on an assumption of rational decision-making in sexual encounters and obscure the non-rational nature of arousal and desire, and the unequal power relations that exist between young men and women engaging in sex.
Five hundred and twelve senior rural students participated in the study which included group discussions about sexuality and survey items which focused on the meanings of safe sex and the accessibility and use of condoms.
The results showed that though most students identified condoms with safe sex, many were ambivalent ahout using them.
Reasons given related to problems of negotiation, difficulties of access, and the risks which condoms gave no protection from, such as a sullied reputation. (...)
Mots-clés Pascal : Promotion santé, Education santé, Sexualité, Prévention, Comportement sexuel, SIDA, Virose, Infection, Hétérosexualité, Condom, Australie, Océanie, Milieu rural, Adolescent, Homme, Immunopathologie, Immunodéficit, Education sexuelle
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Health promotion, Health education, Sexuality, Prevention, Sexual behavior, AIDS, Viral disease, Infection, Heterosexuality, Condom, Australia, Oceania, Rural environment, Adolescent, Human, Immunopathology, Immune deficiency, Sex education
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 98-0161744
Code Inist : 002A26N06. Création : 21/07/1998.