French AIDS Awareness: Scorpion
Common themes represented here:
Reversal. If this ad is implying that it’s primarily women giving men HIV/AIDS, rather than the other way around — and that men get HIV/AIDS primarily from heterosexual contact — it’s a complete reversal of reality, which shows the opposite. In the United States, the greatest infection rates are from man-to-man, and then from man-to-woman via heterosexual contact (where he was likely originally infected by a man himself), then from woman-to-man via heterosexual contact (where she was almost certainly infected by a man originally). In sub-Saharan Africa, the WHO reports that it is women who comprise some 60% of persons living with AIDS, almost all of them having become infected by men through prostitution, mandatory PIV and rape, where the disease was transmitted to the women by HIV/AIDS-infected males.
As a general matter, boys and men are spreading AIDS, not women. Women are being infected by men and are then infecting others, but thanks to survivalist prostitution, mandatory PIV and rape, it’s not as if many women have much of a choice. Men as a class demanding penetrative sex from each other and from women — and the frequency of individual men demanding penis-centered sex and intercourse from both male and female partners, whether these individual men identify as gay, bi-sexual or straight — is the problem, but actually saying that would be naming males as the agent of harm and “problematizing” male behavior instead of normalizing it; therefore, it is both unthinkable and unspeakable. Instead, harm-reduction techniques are generally preferred, such as “safe sex” campaigns that never adequately identify or address male culpability, and the problems for women of penis-centered sex (although recently, some sources are addressing the problems of “gender inequality,” “masculinity” and obvious abuses such as domestic violence and rape and their role in AIDS transmission by men to women). The thought-termination and chilled speech on this subject is, of course, deliberate. See also Femicide; Harm reduction/refusal to name the agent; Male entitlement; Normalize abuse/neglect; Woman as “useful object”.