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We sit at an interesting juncture in the evolution (in some cases, devolution) of the idea of sexual rights in international law. For at the very moment that we are experiencing a retraction in both domestic and international commitments to rights associated with sexual and reproductive health, we see sexual rights of a less-reproductive nature gaining greater uptake and acceptance. It is the moral hazard associated with perceived gains in the domain of international rights for lesbians and gay men that I want to address today. In the end, the point I want to bring home is that a particular kind of caution, and indeed a new kind of politics, is called for when the state becomes a partner in the project of converting wrongs into rights and outlaws into rights-bearing citizens. The ''patriotized'' rights-bearing lesbian or gay subject and "its" movement have a duty to actively resist being mustered into nationalist projects undertaken in its name and purportedly on its behalf.


Civil Rights and Discrimination | Gender and Sexuality | International Law | Law | Sexuality and the Law | Social and Behavioral Sciences | Sociology