Sex Rights The Oxford Amnesty Lectures 2002

ISBN-10: 0192805614

ISBN-13: 9780192805614

Edition: 2005

Authors: Nicholas Bamforth

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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. Violence is inflicted by private actors as well as - in many countries - by state officials, and is often justified by reference to local customs and moral values. These essays, based on the 2002 Oxford Amnesty Lectures, seek to explore some of the inter-connections between human rights, gender, and sexuality. 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? Are these distinctive types of abuse, or are they both examples of the social enforcement of 'traditional' gender roles? 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? What role does the law have to play in combating these types of discrimination? 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? The essays in this collection - written by internationally distinguished authors from a wide variety of disciplines - are united in their belief that it is a serious human rights violation unjustly to penalize people because of their sex or sexual orientation. However, they adopt a wide variety of approaches to their subject-matter, and tackle the questions raised in very different ways. In consequence, they make important contributions to academic and practical debates about human rights, gender and sexuality. The Oxford Amnesty Lectures is an internationally renowned lecture series that seeks to promote discussion about human rights, whether in theory or in practice.
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List price: $48.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 6/23/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 318
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.100

Contributors
Acknowledgements
Introduction
Introduction to Judith Butler
On Being Beside Oneself: On the Limits of Sexual Autonomy
Introduction Susan Moller Okin
Women's Human Rights in the Late Twentieth Century: One Step Forward, Two Steps Back
Women's Human Rights in the Third World
Introduction to Alan Sinfield
Rape and Rights: Measure for Measure and the Limits of Cultural Imperialism
Crimes Unpunished: Crimes as Punishment' - Introduction to Rose George
Share a Spliff, Share a Girl-Same Difference: The Unpleasant Reality of Gang Rape
Introduction to Robert Wintemute
From 'Sex Rights' to 'Love Rights': Partnership Rights as Human Rights
Introduction to Marina Warner
Who's Sorry Now? Personal Stories, Public Apologies
Endnotes
Index
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