What has sex got to do with family law?

Bremner, Phillip (2015) What has sex got to do with family law? In: Researching Sex and Sexualities Conference 2015, University of Sussex, 8th - 9th May 2015, University of Sussex.

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Abstract

Law’s involvement in our intimate lives can have the effect of normalising and validating certain practices of intimacy and intimate relationships, whilst devaluing others. This workshop contribution discusses aspects of a small-scale qualitative study that explores same-sex parenting and the law following assisted reproduction involving both biological parents. In the study, a range of practices emerged around conception in female couples ranging from clinical involvement to highly sexualised home insemination and sexual intercourse. Following conception, a number of parenting arrangements also existed, some of which involved multiple parents, even though there was not necessarily an intimate sexual connection between them. The legal framework is not, however, sufficiently nuanced to accommodate this range of experience. Legal analysis of these issues may fail to capture the relevance and impact of this on how individuals experience intimacy and express their sexuality. This begs the question, therefore, how insights from research into sex and sexualities in other disciplines might be brought to bear to help us understand expressions of sexuality and intimacy in the context of the reproductive choices that LGBT individuals make and how the law regulates this.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Keywords: Family Law; Sex; Sexuality
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Law
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The Family. Marriage. Women
H Social Sciences > HQ The Family. Marriage. Women > HQ0012 Sexual life
K Law
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Depositing User: Phillip Bremner
Date Deposited: 28 May 2015 10:25
Last Modified: 28 May 2015 10:25
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/54163
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