(Un)covering Men formed part of a journalistic bid to see whether it is possible to write differently about different men. The collected journalism in this book breaks away from overused archetypes and explores how men can be covered in the media in all their diversity and guises. By positioning itself within a broader health media context, the coverage in this book shows how narrowly defined notions of masculinity often facilitate and reinforce risk-taking behaviour.
Between 2009 and 2011, journalism fellows of the HIV & AIDS Media Project undertook in-depth research looking to write about men, masculinity and HIV in a new way. The result is this compendium of articles, blogs and photo essays that showcases a diversity of men – each facing a unique context and dealing with sexual health and relationships differently. Structured around four central themes, the four sections in this book bring men’s varied roles in the HIV epidemic to the fore – men as lovers, men as partners and fathers, men who have sex with men and men’s relationship to traditional and medical male circumcision.
About the Editors
Melissa Meyer co-ordinates the HIV & AIDS Media Project. Soon after qualifying as a journalist (University of Johannesburg), she developed a keen interest in the political management of the HIV epidemic, pursuing it with an MA in Political Studies (UJ). In 2009 she went on to co-author a book on the subject with Pieter Fourie, titled: The Politics of AIDS Denialism: South Africa’s failure to respond (Ashgate). Meyer is passionate about tailoring effective and audience-appropriate communication, and in 2010 extended this interest to the field of visual communication with a qualification in Graphic Design (AAA). As co-ordinator of the project she delivers regular commentary on the media’s engagement with HIV and through media training and journalism support continues to work towards facilitating communication that is healthy.
Helen Struthers is a director and co-founder of Anova Health Institute. From 2003 to 2009 she was a programme director for a large multi-disciplinary research programme funded by USAID and a member of the executive management team at the Perinatal HIV Research Unit. She continues to manage this USAID programme under the auspices of Anova. She holds a BA(Hons) (UCT) and MSc in Applied Mathematics (Wits). Struthers has published extensively on the medical and social aspects of HIV. She is currently reading for her PhD, pursuing her enduring research interest in masculinity and HIV, in particular men who have sex with men. Struthers is co-founder and co-director of the HIV & AIDS Media Project.
Published by Fanele, an imprint of Jacana Media, in association with Anova Health Institute and the HIV & AIDS Media Project.
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|Parameters of Book: Book|
|Sub-title:||Rewriting Masculinity and Health in South Africa|
|Author:||Edited by Melissa Meyer and Helen Struthers|
|mobi file ISBN:||9781920196615|
|Colour:||Two Spot Colour|