chapter  25
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WOMEN, AIDS, AND POWER IN HETEROSEXUAL SEX: A DISCOURSE ANALYSIS

Sexual d r i v e discourse ( G r o u p s Í and 2 ) : " Y o u c a n ' t c o n t r o l it."This discosure,

w h i c h e m e r g e d i n b o t h groups , operates as a f r a m e w o r k f o r the others . It e x -

presses a universa l ly h e l d v i e w o f sexual i ty i n w e s t e r n society. It encodes the

socia l c o n s t r u c t i o n o f sexual i ty as a b i o l o g i c a l , asocial g i v e n , w h i c h propels

p e o p l e i n t o p o w e r f u l , u n c o n t r o l l a b l e , a n d i r r a t i o n a l feelings — a passionate

arousal w h i c h is irresistible o n c e y o u are i n its p o w e r . T h i s c o n s t r u c t i o n i n i t -

self w i l l t e n d to i m p e d e the pract ice o f safer sex, as safer sex i n e v i t a b l y r e -

quires some degree o f p r i o r t h o u g h t a n d d e c i s i o n - m a k i n g . T h e c o n d o m has

to be b o u g h t a n d c a r r i e d ; the use o f the c o n d o m , o r alternative ways o f l o v e -

m a k i n g have to be suggested etc. A l l o f these suggest a sel f -consciousness

w h i c h goes against the loss o f c o n t r o l i m p l i e d b y the idea o f sexual i ty as an i r -

resistible d r i v e . F o r example , f r o m G r o u p 1 (black w o m e n ) :

Some o f the boys you can't control them . . . we'd end up making love w i t h -

out using precautions, [laughter]

Yes, you're definitely going to do that.