Semen 'Cults' in Melanesia - Gilbert Herdt
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AIDS and Ignorance of Human Sexuality Equals 'Murder'.
  Profound Ignorance of 
Human Sexuality

"For more than a decade now, the unchecked spread of HIV / AIDS around the world has made our profound ignorance concerning human sexuality painfully evident. The long-standing neglect of research on sexual behavior, and, consequently, an almost compete lack of understanding concerning the complexity and diversity of sexual expression, has made it almost impossible to respond to AIDS by drawing on a pre-existing data base or body of knowledge" (Richard Parker, 1995: 257).

"When you read the research on sexuality that has emerged during the epidemic, you get an extremely impoverished and naive view of what sex is. If you didn't know better, you would think that sex is about cocks, cunts and assholes" (Bolton, 1995: 194).

"Sexual behavior has been treated, in many ways, as a kind of given, and the social and cultural factors shaping sexual experience in different settings have largely been ignored, even when lip service has been paid to their potential importance" (Parker, 1995: 260).

"Remarkably, then, more than ten years into a rapidly expanding epidemic transmitted above all else through sexual contact, we have still failed to develop the theoretical and methodological tools that might offer a fuller understanding of sexuality in relation to AIDS as well as to other aspects of health" (Parker, 1995: 266).

"One would think that nearly ten years later, after the expenditure of millions of dollars, that we would have acquired a clearer understanding of the nature of the sexual behaviors that are associated with the spread of this disease. Minimally, one would expect that we would at least have a better understanding of what the questions ought to be, and how best to go about trying to resolve them. It is the thesis of this chapter, however, that we are not much closer now to understanding how to foster sexual risk reduction than we were ten years ago. Indeed, the discussion which follows is aimed at showing how we have been asking the wrong questions about sexual risk behavior, and often, asking them in a manner that is ill-suited to the complex nature of the behaviors themselves" (Michael Clatts, 1995: 242).

"In fields such as cultural anthropology, sociology, social psychology, and history, attention has increasingly focused on the social, cultural, economic, and political forces shaping sexual behavior in different settings, together with complicated meanings associated with sexual experience on the part of both individuals and social groups..." (Parker, 1995: 260).

Semen 'Cults' in Melanesia - Gilbert Herdt
AIDS and Ignorance of Human Sexuality Equals 'Murder'.

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