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Womens Agency in Intimate Partnerships Britta Thege

Womens Agency in Intimate Partnerships

Britta Thege

Published September 14th 2009
ISBN : 9783838110509
Paperback
324 pages
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The South African HIV/AIDS pandemic exposes the hegemonic intersection of gender, power and sexuality.This qualitative study aims to explore South African rural black womens agency in intimate partnerships at a time of transition and amidst theMoreThe South African HIV/AIDS pandemic exposes the hegemonic intersection of gender, power and sexuality.This qualitative study aims to explore South African rural black womens agency in intimate partnerships at a time of transition and amidst the HIV/AIDS pandemic. It explores whether there is some empirical evidence for what is a common perception, namely the lack of agency that rural black women have in negotiating their sexual relationships and the impact that this has on the risk of HIV/AIDS. One of the assumptions made was that age is a critical variable because of the changing dynamics of time figurations in gender practice. The author suggests that in non-violent partnerships the decisive variable for a womans capacity for agency both in terms of decision-making on having sex as well as their potential for HIV self-protection strategies is marital status and not age.