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Title:Denial and Violence: Paradoxes in Men's Perspectives to Premarital Sex and Pregnancy in Rural Zimbabwe
Authors:Chikovore, Jeremiah
Nystrom, Lennarth
Lindmark, Gunilla
Ahlberg, Beth M.
Periodical:African Sociological Review (ISSN 1027-4332)
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Zimbabwe
Southern Africa
Subjects:gender relations
extramarital sexuality
Women's Issues
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Law, Human Rights and Violence
Health and Nutrition
reproductive health
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/24487377
Abstract:This paper describes the perspectives of men on premarital sex and pregnancy in rural Zimbabwe, notably in Chiredzi, a district in the southeast, which was chosen because it is among the districts with the highest maternal mortality in the country. Data were collected in 1998-2000, using qualitative methods, including focus group discussions, personal interviews with men and women, and self-generated statements among school youth. The paper illuminates the paradox implicit in the men's perspectives: on the one hand, they react violently to premarital pregnancy, on the other, they do not allow contraceptive information or services for their unmarried daughters and sisters. Men blame their girlfriends for getting pregnant, despite indications from the accounts of girls that it is their male partners who pressurize them into unprotected sex. The paper concludes that these complexities at the microlevel need to be understood before meaningful programmes to improve adolescent sexual and reproductive health can be developed. Bibliogr., sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]