Sexual Revolution

971 Words Sep 3rd, 2012 4 Pages
Sexual Revolution Evolution Intimacy is not free in the modern world. Political change, social change, systems of oppression, and globalization all contribute to the shape and to the limit of people’s intimate lives. The oppressive regulation of marriage and sexuality by states and cultures can really affect intimacy and incite sexual revolutions.
In feminist studies Professor Leila Rupp’s lecture, Tickell and Peck were cited as defining globalization as a notion based on an increasingly borderless market, where market rules and competitive logics predominate. In another lecture, Rupp stated that sexual revolutions are linked to and caused by: globalization, economic forces, technology and culture. Rupp expresses that many changes in
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As stated in lecture, Sodomy laws are very vague laws that deem any sexual activity that is unnatural is unlawful. Many homosexuals have been victims of this oppressive legislation because homosexuality can be interpreted as an act of sodomy, and act of abnormality. In regards to the 1986 Bowers v. Hardwick Supreme Court decision which upheld Georgia’s sodomy law, Georgia’s attorney general stated, “It is the very act of homosexual sodomy that epitomizes moral delinquency.” A gay couple arrested in their own home because they were having sexual relations that were deemed “unnatural” in the eyes of legislators is the epitome of political oppression. Restrictions on intimacy in private are ridiculousness at its climax. As Rupp confirms, “States have an interest in sexuality: because there is a complex relationship between law and culture; what seems private is not.”

In addition to the Georgia sodomy case, there has been other legislative oppression that constricts intimacy, and intervenes on individual’s private lives. In Malawi for example, a gay couple had a public engagement celebration and were arrested and face fourteen years in prison. Displaying love for a companion that is seen as against the norm can place people in prison, and sometimes killed. For example, in Iraq there have been murders of men suspected of being gay and also, the death penalty has been proposed in Uganda for

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