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review 2013-10-31 05:39
Review: The Prostitution of Women and Girls by R. Barri Flowers
The Prostitution of Women and Girls - R. Barri Flowers

This book is a tedious read. I had to read it in chunks with large breaks between each. I am not all that impressed. In fact, I think the author was more impressed than I, the reader, as he tries time and time again to give a shock effect with the data. Mind you, the data is shocking, but the style of writing and the tone of Flowers is flat that I was just blasé sometimes. Or perhaps it is because of the far superior book I had read previous to this one: Sex for Sale (a collection of well researched academic essays), which is more comprehensive and up to date, although not as well focused on the prostitution of minors.


The book is divided into five main parts, each with it's own subsections.

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review 2012-03-10 00:00
The Faith Sector and HIV/AIDS in Botswana: Responses and Challenges - Lovemore Togarasei An uneven professional anthology, but the unevenness was fascinating in and of itself, since it illustrated both organizational and linguistic differences between academic cultures. Several chapters were excellent, including one on evangelical churches and another on traditional healers' responses to HIV. Because the majority of religions in Botswana are Christian-based (or Christian-based syncretic), there is little variation in the espoused definitions of sin (even if what constitutes a sin varies slightly). One chapter is from a Muslim perspective, and while better written than some, seemed more dogmatic. It was one of only two chapters, I think, to mention homosexual transmission, and I'm not sure that any discussed IV drug use (though iatrogenic transmission was). The only reference to substances I recall was about disinhibition, not about routes of transmission. This provides a very interesting cognitive dissonance for the reader of US-produced popular press materials on HIV, which historically have focused on men who have sex with men and IV drug users. I'm looking forward to learning about which faith-based prevention and intervention strategies have worked in this country.
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review 2012-02-19 00:00
HIV/AIDS in Rural Botswana - Poverty, Gender Inequality, Marginalization, and Stigma - Seiko Watanabe A fine monograph on HIV/AIDS in Northern Botswana. Specifically, the author gives background for and reports on the results of her qualitative study of HIV knowledge, cultural knowledge, and other factors among the San and other indigenous minority groups of the Okavango Panhandle. She conveys her findings clearly, raises broader questions about poverty and gender inequality, and situates herself within her discourse. A refreshing piece of work.
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review 2010-12-15 00:00
Quicksand: HIV/AIDS in Our Lives
Quicksand: HIV/AIDS in Our Lives - Anonymous Even today, with a wealth of information available and advancements in treatment, HIV/AIDS still holds a stigma among many. People who have the disease are judged negatively by other who do not have it. This is mostly out of fear. HIV/AIDS is something that can be avoided but is still very acquirable. It's effects are devastating.

Quicksand is both a personal story as well as a reference guide. The author, who kept herself anonymous because of the stigma that still holds strong today, recounts the story of her brother-in-law Jay who was diagnosed with AIDS in the mid-1990s. The text is interwoven with Jay's struggle with AIDS and information about the disease. This book covers a lot of information in an approachable Q&A format. It addresses the stigmas that still persist today and it even answers questions that to someone informed about HIV/AIDS might seem ridiculous but to someone who isn't as informed, it may be a question they were too afraid to ask.

In my opinion, this book needs to be shared with as many people as possible. The age group is listed as 10 and up but I think this book is so encompassing that it would be good for adults too. It could be a staple at hospitals or doctor's offices. If you are looking for a book on this subject that both informs and enlightens, then look no further than Quicksand.
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review 1912-01-01 00:00
The Fiscal Dimension of HIV/AIDS in Botswana, South Africa, Swaziland, and Uganda - Elizabeth Lule,Markus Haacker Also can be read free online at http://publications.worldbank.org/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=0&products_id=24224 .
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