Unravelling Taboos: Gender and Sexuality in Namibia.Edited by Suzanne LaFont and Dianne Hubbard
The wide-ranging, insightful and provocative collection of chapters in this volume makes academic research available to any reader interested in the dynamics of gender and sexuality in Namibia today. Nineteen essays by prominent academics and analysts seek to unravel the misconceptions, stereotypes and taboos surrounding the concepts of gender equality, sexuality and sexual rights in Namibia.
The six sections of the book deal with History: Colonialism, Christianity and Tradition; Legal issues: Inequality and Law Reform; Youth, Gender and Sexuality; Reproduction and Marriage; HIV/AIDS HIV/AIDS Human Immunodeficiency Virus/Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome : Gender and Survival; and Gender, Sexuality and Power.
Quotes from the book
"One sex worker in Katima Mulilo Katima Mulilo (Name derived from SiLozi, meaning 'quenches the fire', in reference to nearby rapids) is a town that serves as the administrative center and capital of the Caprivi Strip Region of Namibia. says that ... she will have sex without a condom after negotiating a higher price. It is chilling to think that clients are willing to pay more for unprotected sex--in essence, they are paying more to get HIV HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus), either of two closely related retroviruses that invade T-helper lymphocytes and are responsible for AIDS. There are two types of HIV: HIV-1 and HIV-2. HIV-1 is responsible for the vast majority of AIDS in the United States. ."--D. LeBeau
"The pastor said, 'You know as you are sitting here that there are women who have relationships with married men; some of you have even stolen money from your madams ... but you sit here with the difficulty that lesbians have relationships with each other ... but those people have been created by God ...'."--E. IKhaxas
"People from the earlier era were in some ways more enlightened than people today. Most children had involved themselves in sexual games that were played before puberty and, hence, could not lead to pregnancy. These games were a safe way to discover sex and parents would often cast a blind eye on them."--P. Talavera
"A male community worker explained, 'Children who have been sexually molested mo·lest
tr.v. mo·lest·ed, mo·lest·ing, mo·lests
1. To disturb, interfere with, or annoy.
2. To subject to unwanted or improper sexual activity. are treated like people with leprosy leprosy or Hansen's disease (hăn`sənz), chronic, mildly infectious malady capable of producing, when untreated, various deformities and disfigurements. . They suffer stigma. They are isolated in the community as if they are guilty.'"--R. Jewkes, H. Rose-Junius, L. Penn-Kekana
"A similarity between Afrikaner and Owambo men was the consistent use of the analogy "men are hunters". They use this analogy as a way of expressing their sexual desires, sexual pursuits, and sexual conquests."--S. Wise
This book was published by, and is available from, the Gender Research and Advocacy Project of the Legal Assistance Centre. For more information contact Naomi Kisting, Tel 223356, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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