Presentation on theme: "No Need to Wrap It: HIV Gift-giver Newsgroups, Gift Theory and Exchanging HIV as a Gift Messages were downloaded from 17, Web-based, Gift-giver / Bug-chaser."— Presentation transcript:
1No Need to Wrap It: HIV Gift-giver Newsgroups, Gift Theory and Exchanging HIV as a Gift Messages were downloaded from 17, Web-based, Gift-giver / Bug-chaser newsgroupsPostings dated from Sept to Feb. 2003281 messages were categorized thematically to form a typology of the GiftHIV-Gift narratives were then read with reference to sociological and anthropological theories of gift-exchange
2Barebacker & Gift-giver Rationales Gift-giver / Bug-chaser rationales echo themes found inthe Barebacking literature.Condom-less sex is more natural, real, intimateRisk-takers are essentially masculine, hyper-masculineIndividual choiceActs of rebellion, resistanceSafer-sex exhaustion; inevitability of HIV infectionTreatment breakthroughsEroticize illness, AIDS, STDs, decayFetishisation of EjaculateGendered sex roles, e.g., penetration = feminization
3The Typology of the Gift The Gift facilitates…Conversion, New LifeBecoming a GiverJoining Poz BrotherhoodPregnancy, BreedingDenigrating the Unawares, the ‘Clean’The Gift of…the Giftthe BugDisease, AIDSPoz, PozzingVoltage, ChargingToxin, Poison, Death
4Exchanging HIV as a Gift Gift-giver gives ‘Gift’Gift-givers are described as powerful, valued, masculine TopsBug-chaser receives ‘Gift’Bug-chasers are described as weak, worthless, feminized BottomsGift of HIV is always given by Tops to Bottoms.‘Real Sex’ is natural, extreme, dirty, riskyHIV negative = CleanHIV positive = DirtyHIV+ ejaculate is Gifted, Buggy, Charged, Dirty, Poisoned, Toxic, HotExchange is akin to reproduction. Chasers are impregnated, knocked-up, seeded, etc.
5Key FindingsNo Barebacking or Gift-giver newsgroups were found that dated prior to , most dated from 2000Newsgroups function as self-reinforcing forumsConceived of as a Gift, the meaning of HIV can be manipulated to fulfill particular goalsBecoming HIV+ is considered inevitable, desirableAs with any gift, the Gift of HIV is transformativeExchanging HIV provides a sense of controlExtreme sex provides a sense of sexual transgression that safe-sex precludes