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Horizontes Antropológicos

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ROBINS, Steven. Sexual rights and sexual cultures: reflections on "the Zuma affair" and "new masculinities" in the South Africa. Horiz. antropol. [online]. 2006, vol.12, n.26, pp.149-183. ISSN 0104-7183.

The paper is divided into three sections. The first section focuses on the contested nature of the sexual politics that surrounded the Jacob Zuma rape trial. This sexual politics was not simply the background to the "real" politics of the leadership succession battle between pro-Mbeki and pro-Zuma factions. The rise of sexual politics after apartheid, this paper argues, has largely been due to the politicization of sexuality and masculinity in response to HIV/AIDS. Section two examines the ways in which ideas about "traditional" Zulu masculinity were represented and performed in the Zuma trial, introducing the tension between universalistic sexual rights and particularistic sexual cultures. The third section of the paper is concerned with innovative attempts by a group of young men in Cape Town to create "alternative masculinities" (Connell, 1996) in a time of HIV and AIDS.

Keywords : alternative masculinities; AIDS; rape; sexual rights.

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