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HIV StoriesThe Archaeology of AIDS Writing in France, 1985-1988$
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Jean Pierre Boulé

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780853235682

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846313288

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Juliette: Masculinist Desires and Sexualities

Juliette: Masculinist Desires and Sexualities

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(p.46) 2 Juliette: Masculinist Desires and Sexualities
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HIV Stories
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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9780853235682.003.0003

This chapter examines the book Pourquoi moi? Confession d'une jeune femme d'aujourd'hui which was written by a French woman called Juliette who contracted AIDS in France in the 1980s. It explains that the book provides a graphic account of Juliette's entire sexual history and suggests that her sexual history is a real nightmare for any epidemiologist studying her case history. It also contends that the story was framed s a confession to promote the idea of women as mothers and it highlights the role of Catholicism in French constructions of the nationality/sexuality relationship.

Keywords:   AIDS, France, sexual history, women as mothers, Catholicism, nationality/sexuality relationship

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