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School is a public sphere and family is a private sphere

Image: Till Lauer The 5th and final assumption of the sequential model to prevent HIV and early pregnancies among girls and young women is that “School is a public sphere and family is a private sphere - education and family life are two entirely separate spheres”. Getting an education is not always about just your own … Continue reading School is a public sphere and family is a private sphere

Romantic restraint is an ingredient for success

Continuing with the assumptions of the sequential model, this assumption takes me back to a post I once came across about how black girls are taught from a young age to never be sexually expressive. As young women and girls we are not only taught that our “purity” makes us more valuable, we are taught … Continue reading Romantic restraint is an ingredient for success

Modern consumption is achievable and affordable post-school

The 3rd assumption of the sequential model says “Modern consumption is achievable and affordable post-school - once achieved, education will resource young women sufficiently enough for them to be able to access and consume the luxuries of modern life.”  Growing up in today’s world influences most people to want luxurious things, even those that have no … Continue reading Modern consumption is achievable and affordable post-school

Delayed modern consumption delays transactional sex

The second assumption behind the sequential model in the book 'A magnifying glass and a fine-toothed comb' says, “Education is available at a lower cost than the cost of satisfying modern lifestyle needs, and that education is a safer choice which provides protection against risky transactional sex”. I can’t say I understand what modern consumption … Continue reading Delayed modern consumption delays transactional sex

Early sexual debut can and should be delayed

An upcoming monograph, “A magnifying glass and a fine-toothed comb: Understanding girls and young women’s sexual vulnerability” by Associate Professor in Psychology, Mzi Nduna, addressing the inequalities behind some assumptions that seemingly support the vulnerabilities of adolescent girls and young women has inspired the next five blogs that I will be posting in the coming … Continue reading Early sexual debut can and should be delayed