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Feminisms, HIV and AIDS : Subverting Power, Reducing Vulnerability

By: Tallis, Vicci.
Material type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on Demand.Publisher: Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan, 2012Description: 1 online resource (242 p.).ISBN: 9781137005793.Subject(s): AIDS (Disease) in women - Political aspects - Africa | AIDS (Disease) in women - Social aspects - Africa | HIV-positive women - Africa | Women - Health and hygiene - AfricaGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Feminisms, HIV and AIDS : Subverting Power, Reducing VulnerabilityDDC classification: 362.19697920082 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Cover; Contents; Figures and Tables; Foreword; Acknowledgements; Abbreviations and Acronyms; Introduction; Process and power; What this book is about; Organization of the book; Part I; 1 Making the Case: Why a Feminist Response is Necessary; The three epidemics: HIV, AIDS and stigma; The impact of HIV and AIDS on women; Understanding vulnerability; 2 Theories of Power: Feminisms in Action; The ''problem'' of gender; Understanding power; Using feminist theory: power as an explanation for vulnerability; Feminisms as resistance; Part II; 3 Power Over? The Influence of Donors
The funding terrain for women, HIV and AIDS in southern AfricaDefining the role of donors; 4 Power With: Mobilizing Around Identity and Issue; Social movements, women''s movements; Women''s involvement in HIV and AIDS; Case study: organizing around identity; women living with HIV and AIDS; Mobilizing around identity; Solidarity: fighting for sexual and reproductive rights; Case study: mobilizing around an issue; global action for microbicides; What is a microbicide?; The politics of microbicide research; Microbicide activism: different role players, different agendas?
Microbicide activism at a local level5 Power To: Multiple Vulnerabilities, Trafficking, HIV & AIDS in South Asia; Understanding trafficking; HIV and AIDS in South Asia; Understanding the realities of women''s and girls'' lives in South Asia; Trafficking, HIV and AIDS: power as problem; Current responses to trafficking; 6 Power Within: Lesbian Sexuality in the Jacob Zuma Rape Trial; Locating the trial: politics, sexual violence and gender in South Africa; Lesbian identity and experience in post-apartheid South Africa; The Trial; The Judgment; Outside the courtroom: understanding ''power with''
7 Power To: Local ActionContext of women and AIDS in South Africa; Case study: Gender AIDS Forum (GAF); Addressing power; Women in Leadership: the GAF empowerment programme; Part III; 8 Power as Solution; The impact of addressing power to effect change; Putting the theory into practice; Bibliography; Index
Summary: Women are disproportionately affected by HIV and AIDS. By focusing on the pandemic at its epicentre in Southern Africa, this book explores the gendered power inequalities driving women''s vulnerability to HIV and provides suggestions of how to individually and collectively address women''s oppression.
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Cover; Contents; Figures and Tables; Foreword; Acknowledgements; Abbreviations and Acronyms; Introduction; Process and power; What this book is about; Organization of the book; Part I; 1 Making the Case: Why a Feminist Response is Necessary; The three epidemics: HIV, AIDS and stigma; The impact of HIV and AIDS on women; Understanding vulnerability; 2 Theories of Power: Feminisms in Action; The ''problem'' of gender; Understanding power; Using feminist theory: power as an explanation for vulnerability; Feminisms as resistance; Part II; 3 Power Over? The Influence of Donors

The funding terrain for women, HIV and AIDS in southern AfricaDefining the role of donors; 4 Power With: Mobilizing Around Identity and Issue; Social movements, women''s movements; Women''s involvement in HIV and AIDS; Case study: organizing around identity; women living with HIV and AIDS; Mobilizing around identity; Solidarity: fighting for sexual and reproductive rights; Case study: mobilizing around an issue; global action for microbicides; What is a microbicide?; The politics of microbicide research; Microbicide activism: different role players, different agendas?

Microbicide activism at a local level5 Power To: Multiple Vulnerabilities, Trafficking, HIV & AIDS in South Asia; Understanding trafficking; HIV and AIDS in South Asia; Understanding the realities of women''s and girls'' lives in South Asia; Trafficking, HIV and AIDS: power as problem; Current responses to trafficking; 6 Power Within: Lesbian Sexuality in the Jacob Zuma Rape Trial; Locating the trial: politics, sexual violence and gender in South Africa; Lesbian identity and experience in post-apartheid South Africa; The Trial; The Judgment; Outside the courtroom: understanding ''power with''

7 Power To: Local ActionContext of women and AIDS in South Africa; Case study: Gender AIDS Forum (GAF); Addressing power; Women in Leadership: the GAF empowerment programme; Part III; 8 Power as Solution; The impact of addressing power to effect change; Putting the theory into practice; Bibliography; Index

Women are disproportionately affected by HIV and AIDS. By focusing on the pandemic at its epicentre in Southern Africa, this book explores the gendered power inequalities driving women''s vulnerability to HIV and provides suggestions of how to individually and collectively address women''s oppression.

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Tallis, an HIV/AIDS worker in southern Africa, claims to use feminist theory to expose the myriad ways that "hegemonic masculinity" leads to power imbalances between the sexes, which then increases women's vulnerability to HIV/AIDS. She contends that women's lives can be improved by challenging the unequal distribution of power, thus significantly reducing their vulnerability to myriad social ills. In actuality, this revised dissertation is a diatribe against all things androcentric. Tallis begins with a theoretical discussion of power and gender, then shifts to a feminist analysis of the lives of African women living with HIV/AIDS. Her certainty that women throughout the continent will become sufficiently empowered to upset traditional gender roles seems to stem from fervent hopes for the future, rather than from applicable data. Tallis appreciates those who donate resources to help fight HIV/AIDS in Africa, but criticizes them because their donations place them in positions of power over the people they claim they want to help. In an attempt to show that male dominance is the cause of women's oppression worldwide, she careens from case to case and country to country. The author's specific agenda renders the book confusing, even unreadable, at times. Summing Up: Not recommended. C. Apt South Carolina State University

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VICCI TALLIS Programme Manager for the HIV and AIDS Unit at the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa. She has worked in the area of gender, HIV and AIDS in South and Southern Africa for the past 23 years and was previously employed for the Association for Women's Rights in Development.

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