Tuesday, May 6, 2008
A Wise Woman
Elizabeth Pisani is an epidemiologist specializing in infectious disease. She writes about, cares about, and advises about HIV around the globe. Her blog covers things sexual and scientific.
Her book The Wisdom of Whores: Bureaucrats, Brothels, and the Business of Aids (released today) outlines the ways we fail to do what it takes to end the Aids epidemic.
She says that political correctness about sexual practices is killing people.
Agencies and governments don't want to label common sexual practices, especially in Africa - like multiple partners - as bad for fear of offending!
Pisani also concludes that we have to begin thinking of this epidemic as being about sex, and not predominantly about poverty and gender.
Pisani discusses her book in the Times Online. And Alex Renton reviews it in the Times Online. She makes sense, plus she knows several languages and has a degree in Classical Chinese from Oxford and was for a time a correspondent for Reuters. Wise and interesting.
I would like to invite Pisani to my soiree.