This thoughtful and accessible book provides a critical examination of the central debates attached to conceptualizing sexuality as a site of knowledge and politics. These are explored in chapters on the meaning of heterosexuality, sexual citizenship and the associated notions of sexual rights and obligations, queer theory and its relationship with feminisms, both `new' and `old'. Also included is discussion of responses to the HIV//AIDS epidemic and the implications for understandings of gender and sexuality.

Theorising Sexual Rights

Theorising sexual rights

What Do We Mean by ‘Sexual Rights’?

In the previous Chapter I suggested that one way that we can think about sexual citizenship is as a status entailing a number of different rights claims, some of which are recognised as legitimate by the state and are sanctioned. However, if we conceptualise sexual citizenship in this way, as a set of rights and duties, then this prompts the question of what we define as sexual rights. Although the concept is not new and is in common everyday usage, ‘sexual rights’ has no clear meaning and can be interpreted in a variety of different ways. In part this reflects not only differences in how sexuality is conceptualised, but also the fact that there ...

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