Gendered perceptions of sexual behaviour in rural South Africa

SOURCE: International Journal of Family Medicine
OUTPUT TYPE: Journal Article
PUBLICATION YEAR: 2011
TITLE AUTHOR(S): C.Ndinda, U.O.Uzodike, C.Chimbwete, M.T.M.Mgeyana
KEYWORDS: GENDER EQUALITY, KWAZULU-NATAL, RISK BEHAVIOUR, RURAL COMMUNITIES, SEXUAL BEHAVIOUR
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Abstract

This paper discusses sexual behaviour findings collected through eleven homogenous focus group discussions conducted among women and men in a predominantly Zulu population in rural KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. The objective of this paper is to shed light on sexual behaviour in a rural community. The findings suggest that sex is a taboo subject and the discussion around it is concealed in the use of polite language, euphemisms, and gestures. There are gender and generational dimensions to the discussion of sex. The contribution of this paper lies in the identification of what rural people discuss about sex and the influence of cultural practices and urban or global forces on sexual behaviour in rural areas. The paper adds to the growing body of literature on the use of focus groups in understanding sexual behaviour in rural contexts.