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Sexual Deviancy and the Sex Police: An Examination of the Religious, Cultural and Psycho-Legal Antecedents of Perceived Perversion

Gavin, Helen and Bent, Jacqi (2010) Sexual Deviancy and the Sex Police: An Examination of the Religious, Cultural and Psycho-Legal Antecedents of Perceived Perversion. In: Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll:Psychological, Legal and Cultural examinations of sex and sexuality. Critical Issues . Inter-Disciplinary Press, Oxford, Uk, pp. 3-11. ISBN 978-1-84888-031-3

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    The perception of what is sexually perverted shifts dependent on who is
    talking about it. Even the term ‘perversion’ is controversial. Psychologists
    generally refer to non-traditional sexual behaviour as sexual deviation or, in
    cases where the specific object of arousal is unusual, as paraphilia. There are
    a number of clinically recognised disorders of sexual or paraphiliac function:
    fetishism and transvestic fetishism, exhibitionism, voyeurism, chronophilias,
    frotteurism, sadomasochism, and ‘others not otherwise specified’ (including
    scatologia, necrophilia, partialism, zoophilia, coprophilia, klismaphilia and
    urophilia). However, interesting absences from this list are erotophonophilia,
    in which sexual arousal can only be achieved by the act of murder as its
    corollary, autassassinophilia. This paper discusses the journey that our sexual
    attitudes have made through the history of religion and medicine, the laws
    surrounding sex and their development from religious and cultural taboos
    into prohibitions of illegal sexual behaviour, then draws on those arguments
    to make a comparison between ‘victim-less’ and ‘victim-rich’ sexual crimes.

    Item Type: Book Chapter
    Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
    B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
    H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
    K Law > K Law (General)
    R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA1001 Forensic Medicine. Medical jurisprudence. Legal medicine
    Schools: School of Human and Health Sciences
    School of Human and Health Sciences > Applied Criminology Centre
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    Depositing User: Helen Gavin
    Date Deposited: 24 May 2011 12:34
    Last Modified: 24 May 2011 12:34


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