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Sex and Harm in the Age of Consent$
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Joseph J. Fischel

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780816694754

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816694754.001.0001

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“Especially Heinous”

“Especially Heinous”

Politics, Predation, Sex Panics

(p.25) 1 “Especially Heinous”
Sex and Harm in the Age of Consent

Joseph J. Fischel

University of Minnesota Press

Chapter 1 inaugurates several claims that it develops throughout the remainder of the manuscript: that law coproduces the scene of sexual violence; that sexual harm is not synonymous with minor or nonconsensual sex; that the gendered adolescent prefigures a more ecological account of sexual harm than does the child and the sex offender. The chapter initiates these arguments by analyzing NBC’s “To Catch a Predator” alongside and against literature on “moral panics” and “sex panics.”

Keywords:   sexual violence, law, nonconsensual sex, minor sex, gendered adolescent, To Catch a Predator, moral panic, sex panic

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