Intambi, The Post

Date: January 1, 1970
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The article deals with culture, belief and the role of education and their impact on people and their responses to HIV/AIDS.

This article can be used to:
1. Show how subtle language can perpetuate stereotypes.
2. Raise discussion about the responsibility of the media in covering HIV and AIDS.
3. Raise discussion on the gender aspects of HIV/AIDS.
Trainer’s Notes:  The article illustrates how subtle stereotypes (“The man behaved like your typical lousy swine”, “she began to live on her own, with no loving spouse to encourage her to adhere to treatment”,  “he started to live with an unsuspecting nubile young thing”) are reinforced because the writer has not paid attention to language.  Although the article raises important gender issues, the use of language undermines the seriousness of the issues raised.

Discussion Questions
1. How can language can be used to stigmatise people with HIV/AIDS?
2. What are the different challenges for men and women when it comes to disclosure.

Training exercises:
1. Trainees could be asked to make a list of all the stereotypes in the article. Trainees should make another list of more appropriate language, and rewrite the article, using the new language.
2. Read the commentaries below, review the article in terms of what gender perspectives are missing.
Links to Training Resources:  Gender and HIV/AIDS: A Training Manual for Southern African Media and Communicators, Gender Links and the AIDS Law Project, Chapter 4  and Chapter 5

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