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Sex, Drugs & Rock'n'Roll: Psychological, Legal and Cultural Examinations of Sex and Sexuality

Gavin, Helen and Bent, Jacquelyn, eds. (2010) Sex, Drugs & Rock'n'Roll: Psychological, Legal and Cultural Examinations of Sex and Sexuality. Critical Issues . Inter-Disciplinary Press Ltd, Oxford UK. ISBN 978-1-84888-031-3

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    One topic is guaranteed to polarise any group that discusses it, and
    that is sex. What other word is guaranteed to make the person you say it to
    hot and bothered? Ask the people around you what is the most perverted
    thing you can think of and there would be as many answers as there are
    people present. One of the world’s favourite authors, Terry Pratchett, musing
    on the difference between erotic and perverted, suggested that erotic would
    be using feathers during the sexual act, whereas perverted means using the
    whole chickeni. Some of the following chapters stretch this distinction to its
    The perception of what is sexually perverted shifts dependent on
    who is talking about it. A person’s profession, gender, age, race, proclivities,
    education and even which century they live in, have all effected the
    viewpoint on sex and sexual perversions. For example, homosexuality has
    long been stigmatised as sexually perverted, (and remains so among some
    portions of society), but in most of the world it is no longer considered
    pathological. However, in some individual minds and religious dogma,
    atypical sex and sexualities are still judged as wrong, unnatural, or immoral.
    So what is bad sex? Indeed, do we even have an understanding of
    what is good sex? The papers collected in this volume reflect debate and
    discussion about these very questions that took place in Prague at the 2nd
    Global Conference Good Sex, Bad Sex, Sex Law, Crime, and Ethics in May
    2010. The deliberations covered issues of defining sex, sexual consent,
    sexual law and its agencies and sexual crimes. Some papers are deliberately
    provocative, designed to stimulate dialogue and debate. Others are intended
    to be informative, or to signal areas of potential empirical investigation. All
    of them address the vexed and vexing topic of sex.
    In the section Defining Sex and Sex Crime, the editors’ paper on
    sexual deviancy asks what exactly is bad sex? If it is an issue of consent, then
    why do we still have intensely negative views about extreme, but consensual
    sexual acts that involve no (clear) victim, such as necrophilia, or in which
    lack of consent cannot be assumed, such as autassinophilia? We also explore
    the background to sexual intolerance as one of state-controlled intrusion and
    hypocrisy. In her paper, Claudia Lodia goes further, and suggests that
    society’s pathologising of sex that is outside the strict binary of adult
    heterosexuality is akin to other undesirable perspectives, such as racism. Just
    as racism refuses to acknowledge the benefits of diversity, so does sexual
    intolerance and inequality. The argument is extended to zoophilia by Brian
    Cutteridge, who points out that the animal husbandry and harvesting
    practices that we accept as normal, are exceedingly more harmful to anim

    Item Type: Book
    Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA1001 Forensic Medicine. Medical jurisprudence. Legal medicine
    B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
    K Law > K Law (General)
    B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BJ Ethics
    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: 05 Aug 2010 12:15
    Last Modified: 17 Dec 2010 16:08


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