By Jeffrey Weeks
Words, Freud as soon as wrote, are magic. Nowhere have phrases been extra magical than within the writing of sexuality. via phrases and ideas we study what's solid or undesirable, pleasant or painful, major and insignificant. The phrases we use approximately sexuality don't easily describe whatever in the market. they assist form what sexuality is.
The Languages of Sexuality deals concise and incisive essays on keywords and ideas that have performed an important position in shaping our figuring out of up to date sexualities and intimacies. approximately 100 essays light up the phrases concerning sexuality in clean, and sometimes unforeseen methods, with entries starting from ‘abjection’ and ‘abortion’ to ‘transgender and ‘Viagra’. Written with readability, perception and fervour through an the world over well known theorist of sexuality, this e-book isn't just a useful instruction manual, but in addition a private exploration of the fluid, moving, ever evolving meanings of sexual lifestyles as mirrored and refracted via phrases and ideas.
This book is an invaluable resource for either scholars and researchers with pursuits with regards to sexuality and intimate lifestyles, gender reviews, cultural reports, historical past and sociology. it is going to additionally entice a much wider viewers drawn to severe debates concerning the nature and meanings of up to date sexualities.
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Rachel Thomson’s (2004) research in Britain suggests that sexual agency is seen by young people as a private realm, in which they do not expect the state or parents to intervene. Legitimacy for sexual activity comes not from the law or an age of consent, but from a sense that it should happen only when the young individual is ready, that it is a product of agency, choice and control mediated by time. This is likely to offer a better model for adult–child relations than over-protection based on an anachronistic notion of childhood innocence and on endemic fears about premature sexualization of the young.
Through human practice they are active agents in making their lives and transforming their bodies. 21 C CHILDHOOD SEXUALITY Concern about child sex abuse and the early Sexualization of young people has focused attention as rarely before in most Western countries on the nature of childhood sexuality. Hovering over the whole issue has been the spectre of predatory Paedophilia, sexually exploiting children for adult ends, and even worse involving possible abduction and murder. On a global scale, the exploitation of young people through human Trafficking has aroused particular anxiety, and produced significant international mobilization against it.
In English law, women could not refuse consent to sexual intercourse with their husbands until 1954, while rape within marriage was not recognized until 1991. It was taken for granted that the marriage contract permitted the free exercise of male power. Similarly in the southern states of the USA, during and after slavery, the sexual availability of black women was a taken-for-granted of white male privilege. Freely given consent was not necessary because the other actors were not regarded as fully human and therefore capable of consent.
The Languages of Sexuality by Jeffrey Weeks