An Alternate HIV preventive strategies: Sex scripts in social media for women of color . Catherine Medina, Ph.D , M. Phil, LCSW University of Connecticut School of Social Work Director- Puerto Rican/Latino Studies Project Social Work Social Development 2012: Action and Impact July 11, 2012.
An Alternate HIV preventive strategies: Sex scripts in social media for women of color
Catherine Medina, Ph.D, M. Phil, LCSW
University of Connecticut
School of Social Work
Director- Puerto Rican/Latino Studies Project
Social Work Social Development 2012: Action and Impact
July 11, 2012
(Barrett, 1998; Caroselli and Barrett 1998; Jones, 2008, p.877).
Ariel is a Latina woman (age 33). Her brother, Jimmy is at Ariel’s home, picking up Ariel’s two daughters and their elderly diabetic mother to spend the night with him and his family. They leave only after a great deal of discussion and family interactions about what the mother cannot eat and the expectations that the girls behave well at Jimmy’s house. In solitude, Ariel feels some relief, but is somewhat lonely. She tries to convince herself that she needs this time alone. After all, she has been busy with work, and taking care of her two girls and mother, but it is strange to be home alone. She decides to phone friends when someone knocks on the door. Ariel thinks it must be one of her girls who forgot something, but instead it is her former partner, Marc Anthony (age 35). About a month earlier, he had disappeared and never returned her calls. Her friends on the block told Ariel that he was seeing someone else, adding, “who knows who else he may be seeing”.
Marc Anthony, appearing very handsome, starts the conversation with sexual talk:
I ran into your brother, Jimmy. He told me I should come by to see you. Baby, I missed you. I have been busy, but now I am here. It’s just you, me and this bottle of wine. You are looking so fine (a seductive smile).
(After more sexual talk about sensation seeking, and some sexual behavior [kissing, moving towards the bedroom]), Ariel looks at him passionately and says:
Baby, I missed you too. But remember honey this body is my house. It protects my soul [spiritual dimension] for my children and family. I control it (she waves a condom which she kept in the night table). I am serious. We got to protect each other.
Marc Anthony was not expecting that response, but is interested in the anticipated sexual pleasure. Ariel is not angry at Marc Anthony, and he also knows he has been out of the picture for a while. He responds:
Baby, don’t you trust me? Show me the trust (meaning unprotected sex).
The trust is here (again waving the condom). We must trust to protect each other.
(Project Connect, 2002).
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