Regulation of Sexuality: Age of Consent, Section 28 and Sex Education

Waites, M. (2001) Regulation of Sexuality: Age of Consent, Section 28 and Sex Education. Parliamentary Affairs, 54(3), pp. 495-508.

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Since the election of a Labour government, the UK has witnessed a series of protracted debates over the age of consent, Section 28 & sex education. These political conflicts over homosexuality & the regulation of young people's sexual behavior are examined, with particular attention to the impact of lesbian, gay, & bisexual campaigning activity & that of opposing moralist forces. There is a chronological account of public & parliamentary debates since 1997, together with a commentary on their implications for British politics. Themes examined include the significance of interest group activity, the policy agendas of political parties, & the impact of constitutional reform. The article argues that struggles over homosexuality & young people's sexuality are entwined with wider transformations in contemporary British politics.

Item Type:Articles
Keywords:Government Regulation, Homosexuality, Interest Groups, Lesbianism, Political Parties, Sexual Behavior, Sexuality, Youth, Age of Consent, Education, Homosexuality, Sex
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Waites, Dr Matthew
Authors: Waites, M.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Sociology Anthropology and Applied Social Sciences
Journal Name:Parliamentary Affairs

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