Our bodies are not the same
All of the readings assigned for this week examined difficult questions surrounding sexual boundaries and sexual ethics. While consent it undoubtedly important, the authors we read force us to push beyond the individualized language of consent and to consider the structural realities that shape individual choices. They also ask us to dig beneath the surface and ask difficult questions about how, when, and under which conditions the line between consent and crime, and consent and ethics is crossed. Should unethical sexual actions be criminalized? Why should some and not others? What does criminalization achieve? How do histories of structural inequality shape our understandings of what ought and ought not to be considered unethical or criminal?
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