Hard Bargains

Hard Bargains : Politics of Sex

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Under what conditions do people seek and grant one another access to their physical selves? This is a book about the politics of heterosexual sex, a book about the law - the rules of sexual engagement - and a book about the history of sexual relations. Sex, the authors show, shorn of social presumption is a question of bargaining - hard bargaining over the benefits and burdens of sexual interaction, the empowerment or disempowerment of the participants. The authors discuss Western history's changing regulatory schemes of sexual consent, sexual commerce and sexual community, pointing out flaws and success, to conclude with their own prescription for a new sexual order for the next century.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 320 pages
  • 160.02 x 236.22 x 33.02mm | 589.67g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195096649
  • 9780195096644

Review quote

"Hard Bargains is a book that will challenge your commitment to relational values as well as sharpen your understanding of power dynamics in male/ female sexual relationships. Hard Bargains is a book that is hard to agree with, and harder to reject out of hand."--Bimonthly Review of Law Booksshow more

About Linda Hirshman

Linda Hirshman is Allen Berenson Distinguished visiting Professor at Brandeis University. She lives in Cave Creek, Arizona, and Falmouth, Massachusetts. Jane Larson is Professor of Law at the University of Wisconsin Law School. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin.show more

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