Sexuality Repositioned: Diversity and the Law

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Belinda Brooks-Gordon, Loraine Gelsthorpe, Andrew Bainham
Hart Publishing, 2004 - Law - 438 pages

Despite the advent of new sexual knowledges,new perspectives, new experiences even, we do not routinely or habitually reflect on the interface of social and legal dimensions of sexuality. Rather, the law is periodically reviewed in response to some crisis or campaign. The idea for the book thus came from awareness that it is important to explore some of the social and moral censures, contours and controversies that shape and mark the boundaries of sexuality. The production of the book has coincided with a major review and new legislation concerning sexual offences, fuelling the authors' concerns and making their explorations timely.

Interdisciplinary in scope, drawing in biological, psychological, sociological and historical perspectives to set out the new battlegrounds of sexuality, for instance, but with particular emphasis on socio-legal issues, the book examines the following areas: the development of sexuality and the right to define one's sexuality; genetic maps and sexual politics; sexuality and same sex relationships in law; the law in relation to intersecting oppressions concerning lesbians, gay men and trans people; the sexual abuse of children and the limitations of the law; the contours of regulation concerning young people, 'sexual health', and prostitution; sexual freedoms versus protectionist debates; sexuality, desire and embodied performances in the workplace; sexuality, film and the law, and the law on sexuality in the everyday practice of the Care Standards Tribunal. The book also reviews the recent reform of sexual offences and examines the current vogue for psychological treatment interventions for
sexual offenders. This book offers a highly original and exciting new exploration of contemporary socio-legal issues in relation to different sexual positions.


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Reflections on Sexuality Repositioned
Social Worlds Social Change and the Rise of the
Genetic Maps and Sexual Politics
Sexuality Desire and Embodied Performances in the Workplace
Sexuality and SameSex Relationships in Law
Ending Discrimination Against Lesbians
A Biological Perspective on Human Sexuality
The Definition of Sex
the Contribution and Role
Reforming the Law on Sexual Offences
Sexuality Film and the Law
The Sexual Abuse of Children
The Correct Balance
Young People Prostitution and Policy Reform
A Systematic Review of Psychological Treatment

The Development of Sexuality

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Belinda Brooks-Gordon is a Lecturer in Psychology at Birkbeck College University of London.
Loraine Gelsthorpe is a Reader in Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Cambridge and Fellow of Pembroke College.
Martin Johnson is Professor of Reproductive Sciences in the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Christ's College.
Andrew Bainham is a Fellow of Christ's College, Cambridge and Reader in Family Law and Policy at the University of Cambridge.

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