Apr 15, 2021
Fatal Advice: How Safe-Sex Education Went Wrong
Posted by Cindy Patton

The American public responded to the first cases of AIDS with fear and panic Both policymakers and activists were concerned not only with stopping the spread of the disease, but also with guiding the public s response toward those already infected Fatal Advice is an examination of how the nation attempted, with mixed results, to negotiate the fears and concerns brought oThe American public responded to the first cases of AIDS with fear and panic Both policymakers and activists were concerned not only with stopping the spread of the disease, but also with guiding the public s response toward those already infected Fatal Advice is an examination of how the nation attempted, with mixed results, to negotiate the fears and concerns brought on by the epidemic A leading writer on the cultural politics of AIDS, Cindy Patton guides us through the thicket of mass media productions, policy and public health enterprises, and activist projects as they sprang up to meet the challenge of the epidemic, shaping the nation s notion of what safe sex is and who ought to know what about it.There is the official story, and then there is another, involving local groups and AIDS activists Going back to early government and activist attempts to spread information, Patton traces a slow separation between official advice and that provided by those on the front lines in the battle against AIDS She shows how American anxieties about teen sex played into the nation s inadequate education and protection of its young people, and chronicles the media s attempts to encourage compassion without broaching the touchy subject of sex or disrupting the notion that AIDS was a disease of social and sexual outcasts Her overview of the relationship between shifting medical perceptions and safe sex advice reveals

  • Title: Fatal Advice: How Safe-Sex Education Went Wrong
  • Author: Cindy Patton
  • ISBN: 9780822317470
  • Page: 399
  • Format: Paperback
  • Fatal Advice How Safe Sex Education Went Wrong The American public responded to the first cases of AIDS with fear and panic Both policymakers and activists were concerned not only with stopping the spread of the disease but also with guiding the

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    Patton 1996 problematizes safe sex education during the AIDS crisis of the 1980s and early 90s, showing how much of this education was fatal in that it produces and reinforces certain social categories and did little to change behavior because it downplayed the need to think about sexual behavior and equated homosexual anal sex as the only risky behavior 28 Patton shows how risk of infection was associated with a subculture of homosexuals, which helped to create a new public of heterosexuals now [...]



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