Category Archives: culture

  1. Traditional Leaders challenged to actively participate in the fight against HIV

    Via Safaids.net Traditional leaders from southern Africa have been challenged to play an active role in the fight against HIV for the region to achieve zero new infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS related deaths. This was said by the Executive Director of SAfAIDS, Mrs Lois Chingandu at the Regional Traditional Leadership Rock Indaba-50 x 15 Prevention Read More >>

    Africa, community engagement, culture, HIV, Infections
  2. UN pushes for de-criminalization of sexual orientations

    via UN News Centre “No one, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity, should be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment. No one should be prosecuted for their ideas or beliefs. No one should be punished for exercising their right to freedom of expression.” Top United Nations officials today appealed to all Read More >>

    criminalization, culture, human rights, United Nations
  3. Sexual variation in India: A view from the west

    via Indian Journal of Psychiatry, by Gurvinder Kalra, Susham Gupta and Dinesh Bhugra Sexual variation has been reported across cultures for millenia. Sexual variation deals with those facets of sexual behavior which are not necessarily pathological. It is any given culture that defines what is abnormal and what is deviant. In scriptures, literature and poetry in India Read More >>

    culture, homosexuality, India, sexual behavior
  4. Nigeria: HIV – Stakeholders Want Prevention to Take Centre Stage

    via VANGUARD, by Chinyere Amalu “If we don’t have correct information to prevent the spread of the virus, there is no way the nation could move forward in tackling the scourge. If we do not do something urgent about taking messages of prevention to the rural communities, we are wasting our time”, -Prof. John Idoko The 4-day Read More >>

    Africa, culture, HIV transmission, HIV/AIDS policy, men, Nigeria, women
  5. Catholics and Condoms: Why What the Pope Says Matters

    via The Body, by Jon O’Brien During his 2009 trip to Cameroon, a country with an HIV prevalence rate of over 5%, Pope Benedict XVI made a shocking assertion on condom use to prevent HIV. He told reporters, “You can’t resolve it with the distribution of condoms. On the contrary, it increases the problem.” Read the rest.

    comprehensive sex education, condoms, contraception, culture, efficacy, Europe, HIV transmission, Pope, religion, sexual health
  6. Should we care about MSMs?

    via Jamaica BSERVER, by Patricia Watson “The threats of criminal indictment and socio-religious discrimination against man-to-man sexual relationships have contributed to the increased vulnerability of MSMs to HIV,” said Cruickshank.  “Consequent to such discrimination, many MSMs are afraid of going to a pharmacy to purchase condoms and personal lubricant which are sometimes so precariously placed close to Read More >>

    culture, Gay, gay black men, gay men, Gay Men's Health Crisis, Global Forum on MSM and HIV, homophobia, homosexuality, Jamaica, MSM, sexual health
  7. Hostility, not homosexuality, flies in the face of true Koranic teachings

    via Fridae, by Bramantyo Prijosusilo The recent cancellation of a planned Asian-wide conference of gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender people in Surabaya reveals how far our society is from respecting human rights — and how close it is to slipping into religious fascism, writes Bramantyo Prijosusilo. The police, who had earlier issued a permit — which is Read More >>

    culture, Gay, homophobia, homosexuality, human rights, Islam, lesbians, LGBT rights, South Asia
  8. Right-Wingers Give Limbaugh’s Anal Sex References A Pass

    via Huffington Post, by Terry Krepel Media Research Center chief Brent Bozell is, to put it succinctly, not a fan of anal sex: — In 2006, he complained that at a Comedy Central roast for William Shatner, “the audience was buried in man-on-man anal-sex and oral-sex jokes.” — In 2008, he was offended that the ABC show Read More >>

    anal sex, culture, homophobia, Huffington Post, media, Rush Limbaugh
  9. The ever-evolving sexual revolution

    A brief culturalhistory of sexvia The IndependentSome things never change but sex isn’t one of them. Marcus Field looks back on some surprising episodes in the centuries-long evolution of Western sexual attitudes, from the ancient Greeks to the present day Let’s start with the Greeks Aphrodisiac, eroticism, homosexuality, narcissism, nymphomania, pederasty all these terms are derived from Read More >>

    culture, sexual behavior
  10. “What’s in a name? Working with male-male sexualities, masculinities”

    Save the date: IRMA’s Next Global Teleconference You are invited to join IRMA for: What’s in a name? Working with male-male sexualities, masculinities and genders in South Asia Wednesday, October 29, 2008 with Shivananda Khan Chief Executive, Naz Foundation International Location/Time: Kuala Lumpur – 10:00 PM New Delhi, Lucknow – 7:30 PM Kampala – 4:00 PM Brussels Read More >>

    culture, gay men, HIV transmission, HIV/AIDS policy, India, MSM, Shivananda Khan, South Asia