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Challenging machismo: promoting sexual and reproductive health with Nicaraguan men.

Authors
  • Sternberg, P
Type
Published Article
Journal
Gender and development
Publication Date
Mar 01, 2000
Volume
8
Issue
1
Pages
89–99
Identifiers
PMID: 12349643
Source
Medline
Keywords
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Abstract

This article presents the results of a participatory exploration of male attitudes towards sexual and reproductive health issues in Nicaragua. Nicaraguan culture views men in a machismo concept. The study examined the knowledge, attitudes and behavior of men in relation to the social construction of masculinity: sexuality, reproduction, and fatherhood. Employing 90 men from both rural and urban communities, attitudes towards sexuality, reproduction, abortion and fatherhood were discussed. Several insights were gathered from the research, which explains men's behavior. Thus, it was deemed imperative that in empowering women by promoting sexual and reproductive health among men would require challenging male hegemony and persuading men to participate in health promotion. However, the setting and application of a men's agenda for sexual health promotion should not result in the curtailment of services for women because funds are being reallocated to men, nor should it give men the opportunity to more subtle forms of domination and exploitation.

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