‘I will not share my partner: The ‘care of the self’ in an HIV prevention campaign

Irene M. Segopolo, Keyan G. Tomaselli

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This article presents a textual examination and reception analysis of a HIV/AIDS poster used by the University of KwaZulu-Natal students during 2006–09. It examines how discourses construct self-responsibility for sexual health among female students. Discourse analysis, language and visual strategies are applied to reveal gender stereotypes. The article argues that an alternative discourse of femininity is used centring on female power bordering on active participation through the use of the discursive self ‘I’ in order to promote self-surveillance and individual agency.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)91-111
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of African Media Studies
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • Discourse analysis
  • Representations
  • Responsibility
  • Risk
  • Self-surveillance
  • Sexuality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication


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