The fear of child sexuality: young people, sex, and agency

Steven Angelides

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Abstract

Continued public outcries over such issues as young models in sexually suggestive ads and intimate relationships between teachers and students speak to one of the most controversial fears of our time: the entanglement of children and sexuality. In this book, Steven Angelides confronts that fear, exploring how emotional vocabularies of anxiety, shame, and even contempt not only dominate discussions of youth sexuality but also allow adults to avoid acknowledging the sexual agency of young people. Introducing case studies and trends from Australia, the United Kingdom, and North America, he challenges assumptions on a variety of topics, including sex education, age-of-consent laws, and sexting. Angelides contends that an unwillingness to recognize children’s sexual agency results not in the protection of young people but in their marginalization.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationChicago ; London
PublisherThe University of Chicago Press
Number of pages272
ISBN (Electronic)9780226648774
ISBN (Print)9780226648637, 9780226648460
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2019

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