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Fatal Advice: How Safe-Sex Education Went Wrong
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 o ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published April 24th 1996 by Duke University Press Books
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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 he ...more