A comprehensive account of the myriad ways that sex and crime interact in contemporary social life, sensitively confronting topics such as nationhood, abortion, child sexual exploitation, war, disability, pornography, and digital cultures. To explain how sex and crime is composed by, and composes, our understanding of these issues, this book: • Draws on the authors’ research expertise, insightful case studies, and leading scholarship from across the globe. • Develops students’ capacity to engage thoughtfully with diverse problems and to think critically, this is achieved with the help of creative learning exercises, empathetic questioning, and relevant illustrative examples. • Encourages readers to be reflexive, open-spirited, and curious about how issues of sex and crime touch their lives and those of people around them.

Children, sexualisation and the law

Children, sexualisation and the law

In contemporary social life, there is little that arouses stronger feeling than the conjunction of children and sex. The sexualisation of children is condemned; the sex lives of children are tightly controlled, even criminalised; and paedophiles are among the most reviled criminal group in popular discourses. In this chapter, we are going to unpack some of what constructs these strong feelings. We are going to examine what appears to be the taboo of childhood sexuality and the social, cultural and legal ways that this is responded to in contemporary social life. We are going to do this by examining the contrasting ways that childhood sexuality is figured; what happens when children send ‘sexts’ to ...

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