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Douglas A. Feldman

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780813032535

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813032535.001.0001

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Myths of Science, Myths of Sex

Myths of Science, Myths of Sex

Homophobia and HIV Vulnerability in Namibia

(p.145) 9 Myths of Science, Myths of Sex
AIDS, Culture, and Africa

Robert Lorway

University Press of Florida

This chapter examines how homophobia has led to the neglect of HIV prevention for men who have sex with men throughout much of the African continent and how the fear of AIDS is allowing antigay African leadership to promote bigotry and hate. As homophobic discourses circulate through Namibian society, local, national, and global ideas of sex are reconstituted within the shifting cultural identity politics of everyday life. The locals conceal their same-sex sexual practices and they prefer relationships with foreigners because of their potential for social as well as economic liberation. Such relationships get appraised at so high a value that unsafe sex may be considered worth the risk.

Keywords:   homophobia, HIV prevention, AIDS, sexual practices, same-sex relationship, cultural identity, unsafe sex, Namibia

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