Fucking Law

Fucking Law

The search for her sexual ethics

An urgent call for everyone to find inventive ways to question the ethics of sexuality.

  • Paperback £10.99 || $16.95Jun 28, 2019
    978-1-78904-067-8
  • e-book £8.99 || $12.99Jun 28, 2019
    978-1-78904-068-5

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Fucking Law is an urgent call for everyone, not just academics and researchers, to find inventive ways to question the ethics of sexuality. Since a sex life is full of so many diverse moments of joy and suffering, for each and everybody, the book attempts to bridge a gap between philosophical and non-philosophical questioning. Central to the book is the reality that everyone can challenge the ethics and laws of sexuality and ask questions, even where they seem frightening, or worse, even when we are told not to – by institutions and lovers alike. Non-philosophical and accessible, Fucking Law is risky, explicit and provocative as it bridges the gap between academic and every-day questioning of sexual encounters.

REVIEWS & ENDORSEMENTS

Victoria Brooks' legal lubrications are a radical fucking to, and with, law, philosophy and academia in general. A brave and honest call for the body as method, touching us and no doubt the bounds of theory to come, giving us access to law as it is through her succulent text. ~ Lucy Finchett-Maddock, author of Protest, Property and the Commons: Performances of Law and Resistance

In Fucking Law, Victoria Brooks presents a fierce examination of the relationships between law, ethics, embodiment and spaces of female sexual desire. In doing so, this book offers a bold and scintillating critique of the academy’s regulation of sexuality research. ~ Jon Binnie, Reader in Law at Manchester Metropolitan University

This book is written by a body, not by a mind: the pages are sweaty flesh, the writing is body fluids, the structure has brittle bones. It is already rare to open a book and feel as if you are looking into a body; but this book does the even rarer and infinitely more generous thing of placing you in the middle of a female sexual explosion. This a remarkably brave book, relentlessly exposing and yet curing the wounds of the body. This is a remarkably beautiful book, with stunning changes of rhythm and language, but always personal, ondoyant, kind, intimate, culminating in a vociferous howl reminiscent of Tennessee Williams’s harrowing finales. And finally, this is the book that the law has been waiting for: a book that prises the law open and pours in sex, literary rhythm, corporeal emancipation, female and male desire, French philosophy, and an invigorating full-frontal attack against philosophers. Victoria Brooks is the Anais Nin of the #MeToo generation. ~ Andreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos, Professor of Law & Theory, The Westminster Law & Theory Lab

For too long, law has been for nobody. Or, to be more precise, law has been for bodies that didn’t come as trouble. It is this assumption that Victoria Brooks has tackled in her virtuoso first book, exploring intimately and provocatively what is the most troubling with bodies: their sexuality. In doing so, she has not only proved as irritating as one could be vis-à-vis the certainties of law, but also vis-à-vis the ones of ethics and sexuality. With a little bit of chance, none of them will ever be the same afterwards, for you, as for me. ~ Laurent de Sutter, author of Narcocapitalism

Part memoir, part polemic, Fucking Law is an experiment in form which should be read by anyone with more than a passing interest in sexuality, ethics or sexual ethics. Brooks invites her reader to join her in ‘fucking law’, in confronting and questioning the judgements that shape our embodied experiences and knowledges of sex. She argues that we might encounter sexuality otherwise, imagining a new and vivid kindness that would protect our desires from abuse. In searching for an ethics of sex, from university ethics committees to hotel bedrooms to the sands of Southern France, Fucking Law offers an unflinching and deeply personal meditation on the messiness of sex, love and philosophy that is at once salty, lucid and moving. ~ Alex Dymock, Lecturer in Criminology and Law, leader of the @Pharmacosex Project

ABOUT THE AUTHOR.
Victoria Brooks
Victoria Brooks Victoria Brooks is a writer and researcher in the area of law and sexual ethics. She teaches Criminal Law, Criminology and the law, Philosop...
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