Unmanly Diversions: The Construction of the Homosexual Body (Politic) in English Law

Stychin, C. (1994). Unmanly Diversions: The Construction of the Homosexual Body (Politic) in English Law. Osgoode Hall Law Journal, 32(3), pp. 503-536.

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Abstract

In this article, the author interrogates the construction of gay male sexuality in legal and popular discourse. Focusing on two events-the decision of the House of Lords in Brown which upheld convictions of sadomasochists for assault, and publicity surrounding a serial killer of gay men in Britain-he argues that gay men are discursively constructed around the concepts of addiction, seduction, and contagion. Through the manipulation of these concepts, a linkage is created between sexual acts, sexual identities, the destruction of the gay male body, and a threat to the health and safety of the body politic as a whole.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Osgoode Digital Commons © 2015
Subjects: K Law > KD England and Wales
Divisions: The City Law School
URI: http://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/12128

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