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The Boundaries of Desire

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Eric Berkowitz

Gender and sexuality laws in American history have a troubled past. Since men traditionally ruled courts and laws, women suffered at the hands of the legal system. Consequently, women were virtually unprotected from abuse and harassment in society. In addition, black people, children, homosexuals, and people involved in the sex industry have also historically been under-protected by the legal system.

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In The Boundaries of Desire, the author examines the turbulent history of sexual relations in the US and the law. These bites demonstrate women's experiences with sexual harassment, highlighting that a male-dominated system perpetuates systemic injustice. You will also discover how US law historically disenfranchised children, homosexuals, and black people.

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Gender and sexuality laws in American history have a troubled past. Since men traditionally ruled courts and laws, women suffered at the hands of the legal system. Consequently, women were virtually unprotected from abuse and harassment in society. In addition, black people, children, homosexuals, and people involved in the sex industry have also historically been under-protected by the legal system.

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Until recently, women in America were under the strict control of their husbands.

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Historically, men-dominated courts have not protected women from abuse or harassment.

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In art, the naked body is tolerated; sex is acceptable only if a camera is present.

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Historically, sex work was a means of survival, though sex workers face discrimination.

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There has been much discrimination against people of color in American society and the courts throughout history.

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