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Sex and harm in the age of consent / Joseph J. Fischel.

By: Fischel, Joseph J [author.].
Material type: TextTextSeries: JSTOR eBooks.Publisher: Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, 2016Description: 1 online resource.Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9781452951584; 1452951586.Subject(s): Sex crimes -- United States | Consent (Law) -- United States | Sex customs -- United States | Sex offenders -- United StatesAdditional physical formats: Print version:: Sex and harm in the age of consent.DDC classification: 345.73/0253 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

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Fischel's work is a carefully written, intellectually challenging argument for decentering consent as the firm line between moral/immoral and legal/illegal sexual conduct. Exploring cultural and legal imaginaries, he contrasts the construction of the unambiguous sexual villain with the more complex and challenging figure of the adolescent. An overemphasis on consent risks simplifying sexual ethics into an either/or proposition that can be regulated by law. Drawing from feminist and queer critiques, he suggests such a model cannot account for the complex circumstances in which consent is given (or not) and the ways these constructions may further entrench social injustice. He proposes instead a model of sexual autonomy attentive to imbalances of power generated not just by age but also by gender, sexuality, and race, though his discussion is somewhat weaker on the latter. Locating queerness in the social location of the adolescent, Fischel reconsiders sexual normativity in the wake of marriage equality and provides a new framework for sexual ethics with tantalizing suggestions for extending the analysis to other arenas, such as sexual assault on campus. This book is a must read for queer and feminist scholars. Summing Up: Essential. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty. --Claire Elaine Rasmussen, University of Delaware

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