This working paper forms part of MISTRA’s priority research project on Youth and National Development that explores the role that youth can and do play in national development, and the challenges and possibilities for the future.

The working paper explores some of the key representations of youth sexuality within public and health discourse, with specific reference to the ways that these representations may be problematic. Focusing on the intersections of race, class and sexuality, the chapter addresses some of the underlying issues of representation of sexuality in tandem with race and class politics in South Africa.