Sexual rules and regulations are among society’s oldest yet it is only in recent decades that this once-stigmatized field has become the focus of scholarly attention. This volume, which includes some of the most thought-provoking and hard-to-find essays in the field, covers a diverse range of topics from sexual orientation and gender identity to intersexuality and commercial sex, and from HIV/AIDS and trafficking to polygamy. Through historical, political and critical-theoretical lenses, and through a global focus, the selections ask how we conceptualize the groups and acts subjected to sexual regulation and how regulations in the field implicate and produce understandings of sexuality and identity. By placing this variety of works together, Sexuality and Equality Law invites fresh insights into commonalities and synergies across regulatory arenas that are often isolated from one another. The volume’s introduction situates all of these works in the broader field and offers readers an extensive bibliography.
Contents: Introduction; The rights and wrongs of sexuality, Jeffrey Weeks; The sexual citizen, Carl F. Stychin; Understanding lesbian and gay rights, Nicholas Bamforth; From ’sex rights’ to ’love rights’: partnership rights as human rights, Robert Wintemute; Sticky intuitions and the future of sexual orientation discrimination, Suzanne B. Goldberg; The sex discrimination argument in gay rights cases, Nan D. Hunter; Coming out and challenging the closet, 1961-1981, William N. Eskridge; Shared values of Singapore: sexual minority rights as Singaporean value, Phil C.W. Chan; Constructing the personal narratives of lesbian, gay and bisexual asylum claimants, Laurie Berg and Jenni Millbank; Black rights, gay rights, civil rights, Devon W. Carbado; The epistemic contract of bisexual erasure, Kenji Yoshino; Gender pluralisms under the transgender umbrella, Paisley Currah; What’s wrong with rights?, Dean Spade; Beyond the locker room: changing narratives on early surgery for intersex children, Alison Davidian; HIV is a virus, not a crime: ten reasons against criminal statutes and criminal prosecutions, Edwin Cameron, Scott Burris and Michaela Clayton; Secondary effects, Joe Rollins; The regulation of prostitution: contemporary contexts and comparative perspectives, Vanessa E. Munro and Marina Della Giusta; Evolving a policy - legal status, Lenore Kuo; ’Faith’ and the ’good’ liberal: the construction of female sexual subjectivity in anti-trafficking legal discourse, Ratna Kapur; What’s queer about polygamy, Margaret Denike; Name index.