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14th December, 2017

Sex Panic and Celebrity Sexual Violence

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Date:
14th December, 2017
Time:
18:00 -
Venue:
AG08
City, University of London
Northampton Square
London
EC1V 0HB
Price:
Free

Both the public and intellectual reaction to the recent wave of sexual assault and harassment allegations against male celebrities has been overwhelmingly unnuanced.

Accusatory, moralizing and legalistic, the commonsense position that has emerged leaves little room for reflective inquiry into larger questions of structure and agency, guilt and shame, punishment and forgiveness, power and desire, reckoning and accountability. This paper will map the mainstream response, arguing that the sex panic it invokes is unhelpful and dangerous in navigating the complexity of male – and female – desire in socio-legal terms.

Speaker: Professor Heidi Matthews, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University


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