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The Fear of Child Sexuality: Young People, Sex, and Agency

Steven Angelides


Sexuality is arguably the most highly cherished marker delineating the boundaries between childhood and adulthood in anglophone societies. When the boundaries between childhood innocence (or innocent eroticism) and adult sexuality are blurred or overlap, oftentimes grave concerns foment into highly emotive sex panics. This is a book about a series of child sex and sexualization panics around a familiar set of social problems: the sexualization of children in the media and art; premarital teenage sexuality and sex education; child sexual abuse; homosexual pedophilia and intergenerational relati ... More

Keywords: childhood, sex panics, anxiety, fear, shame, sexual agency

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780226648460
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226648774.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Steven Angelides, author
La Trobe University

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