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By Elizabeth Bernstein, Laurie Schaffner

Regulating intercourse is an anthology that provides debates over the position of the country in developing and controlling erotic perform, intimacy, and id. the aim of this edited quantity is to deal with sexual dilemmas in legislation and the nation in important parts resembling same-sex household partnerships, sexual economies, and early life sexuality through a sequence of lively dialogues among socio-legal students from varied disciplinary, nationwide, and political views.

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Put simply, legal change generally fails to alter existing power relations. Skepticism by sociolegal theorists about the benefits of legal change is matched by social movement scholars who question the passage of legislation as an adequate gauge of success. If we assume policy or legal change is an instrumental good, we also assume that these policies are materially meaningful. But Paul Burstein (1985) argues that the implementation of equal employment opportunity legislation was as important as its passage.

There were several aspects to this decision. First, Ruth was more ambivalent about having children than Naomi was. For Ruth, the decision to have children 24 • William Rountree seemed to be connected more with her relationship with Naomi and less with her desire to be a parent. ” But I was pregnant with our first child, so obviously that didn’t happen. But we knew from the beginning, we always knew that we wanted kids. Did I always want kids? No, but I won’t even go into that; that’s a whole other thing.

Political opportunity theorists argue that access to the structure of political bargaining leads activists to constrain or limit their claims, but the underlying assumption is that such censoring is the price to be paid for policy change. In contrast, I argue that when legal and political elites share movement goals, rather than being an unequivocal good for social movements, such openings may sometimes limit mobilization efforts, that is, dampen the development of a more progressive discourse and slow community-building.

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