The Politics of Sexual Morality in Ireland

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1999-06-01
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Whose morality? What sexuality?p. 1
Divorce: From an Indissoluble Bond...p. 11
Grappling with the issue in the Irish Free State, leading to the ban (1937)p. 12
De facto separations and some statistical indicators of marital breakdownp. 18
The constitutional crusade: the first divorce referendum (1986)p. 30
Divorce: ... To the Right to a Second Chancep. 49
Judicial separation: a legislation that dare not speak its namep. 49
The right to separate (1994)p. 54
The second divorce referendum: the right to remarry (1995)p. 60
Contraception: From the Protection of Public Morality...p. 76
The construction of an Irish, Catholic sexual moralityp. 77
A women's issuep. 84
The McGee case and Mary Robinson's pill billsp. 96
Contraception: ... To a Responsible Sexuality for Allp. 109
An Irish solution to an Irish problemp. 110
A new order: Three condom lawsp. 115
A legal but disorderly form of contraception: Sterilisationp. 131
Abortion: From the Right to Life...p. 141
Abortion is illegalp. 143
Abortion is unconstitutionalp. 145
Abortion: an English solution to an Irish problemp. 160
Abortion: ... To the Right to Livep. 166
The X casep. 166
Abortion: a European servicep. 172
Abortion: a moral and responsible optionp. 179
Homosexuality: From a Crime against Nature...p. 201
A criminalised sinp. 202
An objective disorderp. 204
A not so inert lawp. 207
Homosexuality: ... To a Right to (Homo) sexual Privacyp. 212
The Norris case: without norms or sanctionsp. 212
Nothing less than equalityp. 217
Gay visions in the heterosexual communityp. 229
Conclusionp. 241
Notesp. 245
Bibliographyp. 266
Indexp. 277
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