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Sexual Exploitation of Teenagers"Adolescent Development, Discrimination, and Consent Law"$
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Jennifer Ann Drobac

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780226301013

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226301150.001.0001

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Modern Worldly Wisdom?

Modern Worldly Wisdom?

The Theoretical Foundations of Antidiscrimination and Sexual Exploitation Law

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(p.113) Chapter Six Modern Worldly Wisdom?
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Sexual Exploitation of Teenagers
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Jennifer Ann Drobac

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226301150.003.0006

Chapter 6 reviews the theoretical underpinnings of sexual harassment law. The socio-legal regulation of sexual activity is not a new phenomenon; sex has been regulated since at least ancient times. Public policy and cultural perspectives concerning the regulation of sexuality evolved dramatically, however, over the twentieth-century. This chapter surveys historical attitudes concerning sexuality and various theoretical perspectives regarding equality. Traditional, liberal, egalitarian, mutuality, and pansexual perspectives all contribute foundational support for sexual harassment law. The various perspectives ignore or highlight whether the targets of sexual attention possess legal capacity. Particular attitudes regarding sexual activity also minimize or emphasize coercion, duress, deception, and physical violence. Chapter 6 compares theoretical justifications for law with the unique aspects of adolescent sexual abuse and the minors’ responses. This chapter highlights the disconnect between sexual harassment legal theory and the actual problems involving minors.

Keywords:   traditional perspectives, liberal views, egalitarian views, mutuality perspective, pansexual perspective, sexual harassment legal theory, subordination, gender policing, Kantian ethics

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