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Legally StraightSexuality, Childhood, and the Cultural Value of Marriage$
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Joe Rollins

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780814775981

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814775981.001.0001

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Marital Jeremiad

(p.143) Conclusion
Legally Straight

Joe Rollins

NYU Press

The conclusion weaves together the arguments from previous chapters to examine the elasticity of childhood and gender socialization in other areas of the law. Child sexual abuse, childhood sexuality, Title IX, abortion rights, and sexting provide material for understanding how conceptions of childhood, marriage, and the family are changing. While the book shows how much has changed in the law and culture of marriage, much remains the same. Rather than undermining heterosexuality and the marital ideology associated with it, the legal language of the lesbian and gay marriage debate has instead shored up and strengthened the social scripts associated with heterosexuality, gender, reproduction, and childhood. Age, childhood, and gender have become the dominant markers of properly domesticated sexuality.

Keywords:   elasticity of childhood, child sexual abuse, sexting, Title IX, abortion rights, law and culture

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