Sexual Rights

Richard Parker, Regina Maria Barbosa and Peter Aggleton

in Framing the Sexual Subject

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2000 | ISBN: 9780520218369
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520922754 | DOI:
Sexual Rights

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This chapter addresses some questions that are related to global political processes and struggles for reproductive and sexual rights. It argues that sexual rights can be described as the newest topic for international debates about the practices and meaning of human rights. It notes that before 1993, no international instrument important to human rights made reference to sexual rights or sexuality, and that the idea of sexual rights did not exist as part of international human rights discourse. The chapter also reveals the failure to develop a more affirmative and emancipatory notion of sexual rights as a social good that is basic to any adequate notion of human well-being and dignity.

Keywords: sexual rights; global political processes; international debates; human rights; sexuality; international human rights discourse; social good

Chapter.  8882 words. 

Subjects: Medical Anthropology

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