Sex Rights: The Oxford Amnesty Lectures 2002 (Oxford Amnesty Lectures Series)

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Overview

Discrimination due to gender and sexual orientation tends nowadays to be prohibited under international human rights instruments, as well as under the national laws of many countries that express their commitment to defending human rights. Nonetheless, as the work of Amnesty International has shown, violence against women (whatever their sexual orientation), gay men, trans-gendered and transsexual persons remains an appallingly constant phenomenon, both in countries that have an official commitment to fighting these forms of discrimination and in those that do not.

These essays seek to explore some of the inter-connections between human rights, gender, and sexuality. The contributors are united in their belief that it is a serious human rights violation unjustly to penalize people because of their sex or sexual orientation. Many difficult questions are considered. How do we understand and categorize human rights abuses related to a person's sex or sexual orientation, for example? Does their inclusion within the remit of human rights abuses require us to refine what we mean by human rights? What weight, if any, should be given to demands made in the name of particular religious and cultural traditions which seek to restrict the rights of women and sexual minority groups? And how far have we come, and how far have we left to go, in the quest for a world in which discrimination based on sex and sexual orientation is a thing of the past?

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780192805614
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 5/1/2005
  • Series: Oxford Amnesty Lectures Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 7.70 (w) x 5.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Nicholas Bamforth is a University Lecturer in Law at Oxford University and a Fellow of The Queen's College. He is the author of Sexuality, Morals and Justice (1997) and editor of Public Law in a Multi-layered Constitution (2003).

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Table of Contents

Introduction
1 Introduction to Judith Butler 44
On being beside oneself : on the limits of sexual autonomy 48
2 Introduction to Susan Moller Okin 79
Women's human rights in the late twentieth century : one step forward, two steps back 83
3 Women's human rights in the third world 119
4 Introduction to Alan Sinfield 137
Rape and rights : Measure for measure and the limits of cultural imperialism 140
5 'Crimes unpunished : crimes as Punishment' - introduction to Rose George 159
Share a spliff, share a girl - same difference : the unpleasant reality of gang rape 166
6 Introduction to Robert Wintemute 183
From 'sex rights' to 'love rights' : partnership rights as human rights 186
7 Introduction to Marina Warner 225
Who's sorry now? : personal stories, public apologies 228
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