Sexual citizenship and cultural imperialism

Authored by: Leticia Sabsay

Routledge Handbook of Global Citizenship Studies

Print publication date:  June  2014
Online publication date:  June  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415519724
eBook ISBN: 9780203102015
Adobe ISBN: 9781136237966

10.4324/9780203102015.ch7

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Abstract

It would be enough to rapidly scan the global media, or briefly surf through transnational alternative journalist networks, to see that almost on a daily basis we are confronted with an infinite puzzle of news concerned with sexual battles across the globe. From the successive SlutWalk marches against sexual assault that have taken place in several cities since 2011 or the Pussy Riot imprisonment in 2012, to the campaign to restrict abortion in Spain, and the gay rights march lead by Mariela Castro in Cuba in 2013, in fact, the list could be endless. If we look at the contemporary global scene, the question then arises: how can we understand the conflicts over difference, culture, race, hegemonies, and power that these sexual struggles pose? What do these sexual battles tell us about sexual citizenship on a global scale? How can we give an account of the extreme heterogeneity of sites, genealogies, meanings, struggles, and trajectories where rights concerning our sexual lives are put at stake? To what extent do they point to the emergence of sexual citizenship understood as a paradigm as it has been circulating internationally, and how does this paradigm affect what counts as sexual freedom and justice?

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