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Title:(A)sexualizing Ghanaian youth? A case study of Virgin Clubs in Accra and Kumasi
Authors:Darkwah, Akosua K.
Arthur, Alexina
Periodical:Ghana Studies
Geographic term:Ghana
Subjects:youth organizations
Abstract:In this study of three so-called Virgin Clubs in Accra and Kumasi (Ghana), where the authors held interviews in 2004, they show that although these Clubs were ostensibly set up to help in the fight against HIV/AIDS, they also provide an opportunity for the strengthening of patriarchal control over female sexuality, specifically females from lower socioeconomic backgrounds. The main strategy of the Clubs to reduce the prevalence of HIV/AIDS in Ghana was through advocating abstinence, a message sitting well with the wealth of Pentecostal churches in Ghana as well as with many African communities. The authors also show, however, that, even as members of Virgin Clubs, young Ghanaian women have not been asexualized, but respond to their sexual desires in a variety of ways. Bibliogr., notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]