Research on sexual practices among young South Africans has proliferated in light of
the national imperatives to challenge the spread of HIV/AIDS, gender-based violence
and unwanted early pregnancies. It has been widely acknowledged that, in order
to respond to these social problems, we need to understand the enmeshment of
gender, class, age and other forms of social inequality, and how these are played out
in 'normal' heterosexual relationships.