Essay: Interrogating Consent


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Carole Vance

“Interrogating Consent” is the second of a ten-part essay series prepared for the Global Dialogue on Decriminalisation, Choice and Consent, organised by CREA, held between 22-24 October 2014.

Sexual history in the past several hundred years has been marked by a series of battles about trying to legitimise people’s ability to engage in sexual behaviour they desired, even though it had been defined as criminal. Gradually and unevenly, the reproductive standard of sexual legitimacy was replaced by a standard of consent, which often involved non-reproductive sex and pleasure.


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