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Sex and Harm in the Age of Consent

Joseph J. Fischel


Sex and Harm in the Age of Consent cautions against any premature pride parade for consent as our determinant of sexual freedom, permissible sex, or good sex. Consent is not ethically dispositive, let alone sexy. Consent is a moralized fiction, and churns out the sex offender and the child as figures for its normativity. Fischel queries these figures and the figuration of consent in U.S. law and media culture. He argues that the sex offender and the child are consent’s alibi, its negative space, enabling fictions that allow consent to do the work cut out for it under (neo)liberal sexual politi ... More

Keywords: consent, sexual harm, the child, child sexual abuse, sex offenders, sex panic, Lawrence v. Texas, sexual autonomy, peremption, adolescence

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780816694754
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816694754.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joseph J. Fischel, author
Yale University

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