Sexing the Constitution - Geoffrey Stone
Geoffrey Stone gave a talk in the Chicago's Best Ideas series on January 12, 2006, entitled "Sexing the Constitution." The talk lays out some of the preliminary research that Geof has done for a future book on how sexuality and sexual behavior is treated in constitutional law. This talk deals with the history of how sexual behavior has been seen and treated in various societies over time. There is some frank talk in here, so I wouldn't play this with your young kids in the room unless you want to answer a whole lot of questions for them. Regardless, well worth your time. You can listen to the talk and discussion here.
As always, instructions for listening and subscribing, should you need them, are available here. The blurb Geof used for the publicity for his talk is below the fold.
Sexing the Constitution
What is the proper role of sexuality in constitutional law? To what extent is the Court acting responsibly when it protects sexually explicit art, of a right to use contraceptives, or a right to abortion, or a right not to be prosecuted to be a homosexual? In his current research, Professor Geoffrey Stone will attempt to address those question not from the perspective of legal doctrine, but from the perspective of 2,000 years of history. He asks why do we have the sexual attitudes we have? Whence do they derive? Are they natural and inevitable? If they are not natural and inevitable, do we have an obligation to try to change them? And what role might the Court appropriately play in this endeavor?