235.6 sec. 1 - Regulating Sex and Sexuality (Fall 2014)
Instructor: Melissa Murray (view instructor's teaching evaluations | profile)
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Meeting Time: Tu 3:35-6:15
Meeting Location: 107
Course Start: August 26, 2014
Course Control Number (Non-1Ls): 49624
This seminar will explore the ways in which American law regulates sex and sexuality. Relying on cases from a variety of doctrinal areas and primary and secondary sources, we will examine which forms of consensual sexual expression are legally prohibited and ask why the law deems these acts illicit. Likewise, we will examine how the law privileges particular forms of sexual intimacy through laws that regulate family formation. We will further interrogate how courts and lawmakers understand the relationship among sexual acts, sexual identities, and legal rights. Throughout, we will be particularly attentive to the interaction between the regulation of sex and sexuality and legal constructions of gender.
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