Politics of Sexuality (Routledge Ecpr Studies in European by Terrell Carver, Veronique Mottier

By Terrell Carver, Veronique Mottier

This e-book recognises sexuality as a mainstream inspiration in political research and explores concerns within the politics of sexuality which are hugely salient and debatable this day. those comprise conceptions of citizenship and nationality associated with gender and sexuality, the laws in regards to the age of consent, prostitution and 'trafficing in women', the overseas politics of inhabitants regulate, abortion, sexual harrassment, and sexuality within the army. The overseas staff of individuals supply a variety of views in various contexts. On a countrywide point they give illustrative case reviews from the united kingdom, eire, the Netherlands, Spain and Israel between others, and on a global airplane they disguise the eu Union, the UN convention on inhabitants and improvement and the function of the Vatican as foreign arbiter. in addition, the amount addresses the interplay among political discourse and the paintings of significant theorists corresponding to Weber, Freud, Foucault, Irigaray and Butler.

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The male homosexual age of consent proposed by the Wolfenden report was 21, the general age of majority at the time the report was written and when legislation was passed—though the age of majority was subsequently reduced to 18 in 1969, leaving the homosexual age of consent at 21 as a clear anomaly. This was intended to be high enough not to encourage homosexuality. This shows that the idea of an age of consent had begun to shift, or was being used in a different way from in 1885. The fact that the (male) homosexual age of consent was linked by Wolfenden to the age of majority indicated the existence of a new liberal ideology that accepted adult citizens should be responsible for their own decisions over homosexuality, rather than being ruled by church or state.

The Wolfenden committee did consider whether the offence of ‘indecent assault’ could apply to lesbians (DCHOP 1957:36–8). But the committee was unable to find a single instance of such an act having been directly committed against another female, and continued to assume ‘homosexual offences’ were male (DCHOP 1957:38; Moran 1996:97–101). In some respects the (male) homosexual age of consent was conceptualised in negative terms similar to those that had structured the age of consent for young women in 1885.

The Wolfenden report stated that lesbian and male homosexual acts are ‘reprehensible from the point of view of the family’ (DCHOP 1957:22). Much regulation of consensual activities between adults remained. Partial decriminalisation did not remove the Labouchere amendment, which installed ‘gross indecency’ in law, but was a sole exception to legal prohibition. Buggery and ‘gross indecency’ (sexual acts between men other than buggery, such as fellatio and mutual masturbation) remained illegal except in strict privacy.

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