'I told him not to use condoms': masculinities, femininities and sexual health of Aboriginal Canadian young people.


Devries, KM; Free, C; (2010) 'I told him not to use condoms': masculinities, femininities and sexual health of Aboriginal Canadian young people. Sociology of health & illness, 32 (6). pp. 827-42. ISSN 0141-9889 DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9566.2010.01242.x

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Abstract

: Gendered power imbalances in heterosexual relationships are a key target of gender-sensitive STI risk reduction interventions. Gendered aspects of sexual behaviour have not been explored among Canadian indigenous young people, who are at elevated risk for STI relative to other young Canadians. We used data from in-depth qualitative interviews with 15 male and 15 female indigenous young people to explore gendered sexual behaviour and its implications for STI reduction. There was a pervasive 'double standard' where young men were expected to be sexually aggressive and young women were expected to resist sexual advances; but we also observed 'alternative' or non-hegemonic behaviours. Specifically, young women were often very active participants in sexual negotiations, could refuse condom use and sometimes pressured their male partners to not use condoms. Young men also described being the object of coerced sex, and did not always perceive female sexual desire in negative terms, and were not always receptive to sex. The gendered sexual attitudes and behaviours in our sample were much more complex than usually described in the literature. Intervention work needs to take more realistic account of the sexual interactions that occur between young people.<br/>

Item Type: Article
Faculty and Department: Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health > Dept of Population Health (2012- ) > Dept of Nutrition and Public Health Interventions Research (2003-2012)
Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health > Dept of Population Health (2012- )
Faculty of Public Health and Policy > Dept of Global Health and Development
Research Centre: Social and Mathematical Epidemiology (SaME)
PubMed ID: 20456685
Web of Science ID: 282225800001
URI: http://researchonline.lshtm.ac.uk/id/eprint/3764

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