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Regulating Intimacy: A New Legal Paradigm
The regulation of intimate relationships has been a key battleground in the culture wars of the past three decades. In this bold and innovative book, Jean Cohen presents a new approach to regulating intimacy that promises to defuse the tensions that have long sparked conflict among legislators, jurists, activists, and scholars.
Disputes have typically arisen over questions ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published April 11th 2004 by Princeton University Press
(first published February 15th 2001)
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In Regulating Intimacy (2002), Jean L. Cohen argues for a "reflexive" version of privacy rights that is not essentializing but is normative. Through analysis of arguments about privacy in the areas of reproductive rights, sexual privacy rights, and sexual harassment, Cohen parses out the paradoxes and contradictions in certain arguments about privacy. According to Cohen, "Reflexive law applies procedures to procedures (hence its reflexivity), steering and fostering self-regulation within social ...more