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Sex and harm in the age of consent

Author: Joseph J Fischel
Publisher: Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, [2016]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Sex and Harm in the Age of Consent cautions against the adoption of consent as our primary determinant of sexual freedom. For Joseph J. Fischel, consent is not necessarily always ethically sound. It is, he argues, a moralized fiction, and it churns out figures for its normativity: the predatory sex offender and the innocent child. Examining the representation of consent in U.S. law and media culture, Fischel  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Joseph J Fischel
ISBN: 9780816694754 0816694753 9780816694761 0816694761
OCLC Number: 927241644
Description: ix, 333 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction: Sex and the ends of consent --
"Especially heinous" : politics, predation, sex panics --
Transcendent homosexuals, dangerous sex offenders --
Numbers, sex, power : age and sexual consent --
Growing somewhere? Journeys of gendered adolescence --
Conclusion: Other sex scandals.
Responsibility: Joseph J. Fischel.

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"Sex and Harm in the Age of Consent cautions against the adoption of consent as our primary determinant of sexual freedom. For Joseph J. Fischel, consent is not necessarily always ethically sound. It is, he argues, a moralized fiction, and it churns out figures for its normativity: the predatory sex offender and the innocent child. Examining the representation of consent in U.S. law and media culture, Fischel contends that the figures of the sex offender and the child are consent's alibi, its negative space, enabling fictions that allow consent to do the work cut out for it under late modern sexual politics. Engaging legal, queer, feminist, and political theory, case law and statutory law, and media representations, Fischel proposes that we change our adjudicative terms from innocence, consent, and predation to vulnerability, sexual autonomy, and "peremption," which he defines as the uncontrolled disqualification of possibility. Such a shift in theory, law, and life would be less damaging for young people, more responsive to sexual violence, and better for sex."--Publisher's description.
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"Sex and Harm in the Age of Consent is a strongly original, frequently brilliant, cross-disciplinary study of the limitations of consent for measuring sexual freedom and sexual harm."-Tim Dean, Read more...

 
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