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The Fear of Child Sexuality: Young People, Sex, and Agency
by Steven Angelides
University of Chicago Press, 2019
Cloth: 978-0-226-64846-0 | Paper: 978-0-226-64863-7 | eISBN: 978-0-226-64877-4
Library of Congress Classification HQ784.S45A54 2019
Dewey Decimal Classification 306.70835

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
Continued public outcries over such issues as young models in sexually suggestive ads and intimate relationships between teachers and students speak to one of the most controversial fears of our time: the entanglement of children and sexuality. In this book, Steven Angelides confronts that fear, exploring how emotional vocabularies of anxiety, shame, and even contempt not only dominate discussions of youth sexuality but also allow adults to avoid acknowledging the sexual agency of young people. Introducing case studies and trends from Australia, the United Kingdom, and North America, he challenges assumptions on a variety of topics, including sex education, age-of-consent laws, and sexting. Angelides contends that an unwillingness to recognize children’s sexual agency results not in the protection of young people but in their marginalization.

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