Sex Rights: The Oxford Amnesty Lectures 2002

Paperback | August 11, 2005

EditorNicholas Bamforth

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Discrimination due to gender and sexual orientation tends nowadays to be prohibited under international human rights instruments, as well as under the national laws of many countries that express their commitment to defending human rights. Nonetheless, as the work of Amnesty International hasshown, violence against women (whatever their sexual orientation), gay men, trans-gendered and transsexual persons remains an appallingly constant phenomenon, both in countries that have an official commitment to fighting these forms of discrimination and in those that do not. Violence is inflictedby private actors as well as - in many countries - by state officials, and is often justified by reference to local customs and moral values. These essays, based on the 2002 Oxford Amnesty Lectures, seek to explore some of the inter-connections between human rights, gender, and sexuality. Many difficult questions are considered. How do we understand and categorize human rights abuses related to a person's sex or sexual orientation, forexample? Are these distinctive types of abuse, or are they both examples of the social enforcement of 'traditional' gender roles? Does their inclusion within the remit of human rights abuses require us to refine what we mean by human rights? What weight, if any, should be given to demands made inthe name of particular religious and cultural traditions which seek to restrict the rights of women and sexual minority groups? What role does the law have to play in combating these types of discrimination? And how far have we come, and how far have we left to go, in the quest for a world in whichdiscrimination based on sex and sexual orientation is a thing of the past? The essays in this collection - written by internationally distinguished authors from a wide variety of disciplines - are united in their belief that it is a serious human rights violation unjustly to penalize people because of their sex or sexual orientation. However, they adopt a wide variety ofapproaches to their subject-matter, and tackle the questions raised in very different ways. In consequence, they make important contributions to academic and practical debates about human rights, gender and sexuality.The Oxford Amnesty Lectures is an internationally renowned lecture series that seeks to promote discussion about human rights, whether in theory or in practice.

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Discrimination due to gender and sexual orientation tends nowadays to be prohibited under international human rights instruments, as well as under the national laws of many countries that express their commitment to defending human rights. Nonetheless, as the work of Amnesty International hasshown, violence against women (whatever thei...

Nicholas Bamforth is a Fellow in Law at The Queen's College, Oxford.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:318 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.76 inPublished:August 11, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Nicholas Bamforth: Introduction1. Judith Butler (Introduced by Malcolm Bowie): On Being Beside Oneself: On the Limits of Sexual Autonomy2. Susan Moller Okin (Introduced by David Miller): Women's Human Rights in the Late Twentieth Century: One Step Forward, Two Steps Back3. Rajeswari Sunder Rajan: Women's Human Rights in the Third World4. Alan Sinfield (Introduced by Christopher Robinson): Rape and Rights: Measure for Measure and the Limits of Cultural Imperialism5. Rose George (Introduced by Michele Le Doeuff): Share a Spliff, Share a Girl - Same Difference. The Unpleasant Reality of Gang Rape6. Robert Wintemute (Introduced by Christopher McCrudden): From 'Sex Rights' to 'Love Rights': Partnership Rights as Human Rights7. Marina Warner (Introduced by Roy Foster): Who's Sorry Now?: Personal Stories, Public Apologies

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"What unifies the essays is the belief that penalizing people because of their sex or sexual orientation is a serious human rights violation. Examining topics such as sexual autonomy, women's rights, rape, partnership rights, and public apologies, the contributors approach and respond to the issues raised by sex and sexual orientation discrimination in very different practical and theoretical ways, in part because of their diverse academic backgrounds ."--Hypatia