Consent: Sexual Rights and the Transformation of American Liberalism by Pamela Susan HaagConsent: Sexual Rights and the Transformation of American Liberalism by Pamela Susan Haag

Consent: Sexual Rights and the Transformation of American Liberalism

byPamela Susan Haag

Paperback | November 3, 1999

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Whom, over the past two centuries, has society construed as sexual "victims"? Where and when did the notion of consent—so crucial for law and politics today—emerge? In this brilliantly insightful work, Pamela Susan Haag traces the evolution of public wisdom on some of society's most private and controversial matters. At once an investigation of social history, popular culture, legal doctrine, and political theory, her book shows how in contemporary America the history of sexual rights is inextricably intertwined with that of liberalism.

Haag examines the nineteenth-century obsession with the perils of seduction and twentieth-century disputes over white slavery, arranged marriages, interracial relationships, and rape. The history of heterosexual modernity and identity must, she argues, be viewed as a crucial component of a much larger historical narrative—that of the ways in which individual freedom and citizenship have been continually redefined in American liberal culture. She illuminates the development of liberalism from its "classic" stage that ended after the post-Reconstruction era to a "modern" version that came to fruition with the judicial acceptance of the right to privacy. Finally, she shows how debates over the meaning of heterosexual consent and violence contributed to this transformation.

Title:Consent: Sexual Rights and the Transformation of American LiberalismFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 0.27 inPublished:November 3, 1999Publisher:CORNELL UNIVERSITY PRESSLanguage:English

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The subject of sexual consent has been a topic of heated debate in the last decade. When did this notion of consent originate? The Emergence of Consent traces the evolution of public wisdom on some of society’s most private and controversial matters. From social history and popular culture to legal doctrine, Pamela Susan Haag shows how debates over the meaning of heterosexual consent and violence have contributed to this transformation.

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"This book makes a substantial contribution to perhaps the most important and as yet understudied project among historians of sexuality: the history of heterosexuality. The variety of evidence that Pamela Haag brings to this project-including the records of seduction trials, the works of liberal theorists, and popular fiction-is dazzling."—Regina Kunzel, Williams College