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Criminalizing Sex: A Unified Liberal Theory

Stuart P. Green


Starting in the latter part of the twentieth century, the law of sexual offenses, especially in the West, began to reflect a striking divergence. On the one hand, the law became significantly more punitive in its approach to sexual conduct that is nonconsensual, as evidenced by a major expansion in the definition of rape and sexual assault and the creation of new offenses such as sex trafficking, child grooming, and revenge porn. On the other hand, it became markedly more permissive in how it dealt with conduct that is consensual, a trend that can be seen, for example, in the legalization or d ... More

Keywords: sexual offense, liberalism, legal moralism, consent, autonomy, harm principle, criminalization, rape, sexual harassment

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780197507483
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780197507483.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stuart P. Green, author
Distinguished Professor of Law, Rutgers University