This two-volume Handbook provides a major thematic overview of global sexualities, spanning each of the continents, and its study, which is both reflective and prospective, and includes traditional approaches and emerging themes. The Handbook offers a robust theoretical underpinning and critical outlook on current global, glocal, and 'new' sexualities and practices, whilst offering an extensive reflection on current challenges and future directions of the field. The broad coverage of topics engages with a range of theories, and maintains a multi-disciplinary framework. PART ONE: Understanding Sexuality: Epistemologies/Conceptual and Methodological Challenges; PART TWO: Enforcing and Challenging Sexual Norms; PART THREE: Interrogating/Undoing Sexual Categories; PART FOUR: Enhancement Practices and Sexual Markets/Industries; PART FIVE: Sexual Rights and Citizenship (And the Governance of Sexuality); PART SIX: Sexuality and Social Movements; and PART SEVEN: Language and Cultural Representation.
Chapter 30: Youth and Sexual Rights
Youth and Sexual Rights
In March 2017, as the Commission on the Status of Women met in New York City, attendees from governments and civil society encountered a large orange bus outside of the United Nations (UN). On the side of the bus were cartoon figures of pigtailed girls and round-headed boys, designated as such with XX and XY chromosomes, accompanied by messages in bold white letters. ‘It's biology', the bus read. ‘Boys are boys … and always will be. Girls are girls … and always will be. You can't change sex'.
The stop at the UN was part of a tour to protest the recognition of transgender youth, a topic that had grown in salience ...