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Sexual Morality and the Law

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Sexual Morality and the Law is the transcription of a 1978 radio conversation in Paris between philosopher Michel Foucault, playwright/actor/lawyer Jean Danet, and novelist/gay activist Guy Hocquenghem, debating the idea of abolishing age of consent laws in France. In 1977, the issue was brought to public attention in France by a petition against age of consent laws addressed to the Parliament, defending the decriminalization of all consented sexual relations between adults and minors below the age of fifteen (the age of consent in France). Foucault stated that the petition was signed by several philosophers including himself, Jacques Derrida, Louis Althusser, pediatrician and psychoanalyst Françoise Dolto, and also by people he described as belonging to a wide range of political positions.The dialogue was broadcast on April 4, 1978 by radio France Culture. It was originally published in French as "La loi de la pudeur" [literally, "The law of decency"] and reprinted in English as "The Danger of Child Sexuality". The text was later included under the title "Sexual Morality and the Law" in Foucault's book Politics, Philosophy, Culture – Interviews and other writings, 1977–1984.
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language: French
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