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.

Consent and its discontents

Consent and its discontents

The concept of consent is one of the key areas of focus in the regulation of sex. In sexual activity, consent is often perceived to be the line that is drawn between sex that is OK (wanted, morally right, legal) and sex that is not OK (not wanted, morally wrong, illegal). As the concept of consent holds an important focus in understanding sex and crime, we need to spend some time unpacking what is meant by the term and some of the challenges that are faced in interpreting and applying principles of consent in sexual activity. The chapter is mostly based on English and Welsh laws around consent and sexual violence. However, the theoretical ideas explored ...

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