Prevention by Christine Cynn

338DF346-D090-4243-BB8D-B87CBD5A502B.JPGBook set in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire. Reviewed on 2019/05:

When the book becomes somewhat clear, it’s indeed an intriguing read. However most of the time this book was a heavily #academic and theoretical ride. #prevention talks about a reality which have plagued so many of our countries and continues to even today: how to effectively raise awareness of #health issues when dealing with taboos, prejudice and #homophobia , #transphobia or any other negative conception which might hinder those same policies trying to save lives? We much rather not tackle the elephant in the room and just let people die because we are so afraid of beginning an honest conversation about #sexuality , people’s personal lives. Even in the face of rapid spread of infectious diseases, we refuse to see the humanity of those affected or threatened… until it touches us or one of us. In the case of this book, #christinecynn explains extensively and assiduously the #hiv prevention strategies used by several governments in #cotedivoire which have only reinforced old stereotypes against the #lgbtqivorian#queerivorian community as well as immigrant communities from rural areas or neighboring countries and therefore helped spread even more miscommunication and ignorance. In order to prove her argument, #cynnpresents numerous examples from more media outlets: newspapers and radio/TV stations. #biopolitics and #neocolonialism are two concepts coming up a lot in this book and I’m going to let you read and draw your own conclusions. At the end I’m glad I read it because it was incredibly difficult to find any #queer – related book set in #westafrica let alone Cote d’Ivoire. It does provide a glimpse into a toxic combination of misinformation, fear, infectious diseases and lack of access to medical services which sounds all too familiar in other parts of the world. #recommended #thesis#genderqueerlit #abidjan

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