Sexuality and the Law
Edited by Vanessa Munro, Carl Stychin
Routledge-Cavendish – 2007 – 336 pages
‘Rediscovering’ the peculiarity of feminist perspectives, rather than examining the broader range of gender-oriented analyses, in the area of legal regulation and sexuality, this edited collection avoids the ‘reductionist' and 'essentialist' shortcomings of ‘feminism unmodified’.
With a substantial introductory chapter, written by the editors, summarizing the state of the law on core aspects of sexuality and providing a critical appraisal of the key themes and concerns, it analyzes and transcends the traditional dichotomised thinking (e.g coercion/choice, victim/agent) about the regulation of gender issues. It addresses a broad range of key themes including:
Offering a space in which to re-vitalize a feminist conception of sexuality, this book is an essential read for law students interested in the legal implications of gender and sexuality.
Introduction 1. Dev'l-in Disguise?: Harm, Privacy and the Sexual Offences Act 2003 2. On being Responsible 3. 'Freedom and the Capacity to Make a Choice': A Feminist Analysis of Consent in the Criminal Law of Rape 4. De-meaning of Contract 5. Out of the Shadows: Feminist Silence and Liberal Law 6. Transgender: Destabilising Feminism? 7. Beyond Unity 8. Speaking beyond Thinking: Citizenship, Governance and Lesbian and Gay Politics 9. Teenage Pregnancies and Sex Education: Constructing the Girl/Woman Concept 10. 'Faith' and the 'Good' Liberal: The Construction of Female Sexual Subjectivity in Anti-trafficking Legal Discourse 11. Making Sense of Zero Tolerance Policies in Peacekeeping Sexual Economies 12. Wives and Whores: Prospects for a Feminist Theory of Redistribution
Vanessa Munro is in the School of Law, King's College. Carl Stychin is Dean of F.E.S.S. at the University of Reading.