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Children, Sexuality, and the Law

Sacha M. Coupet and Ellen Marrus


American political and legal culture is uncomfortable with children's sexuality. While aware that sexual expression is a necessary part of human development, law rarely contemplates the complex ways in which it interacts with children and sexuality. Just as the law circumscribes children to a narrow range of roles—either as entirely sexless beings or victims or objects of harmful adult sexual conduct—so too does society tend to discount the notion of children as agents in the domain of sex and sexuality. Where a small body of rights related to sex has been carved out, the central question has ... More

Keywords: children's sexuality, sexual expression, human development, adolescent consent, sexual orientation

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Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780814723852
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814723852.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sacha M. Coupet, editor

Ellen Marrus, editor

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