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How French are French sex shops ?

Abstract : Space is socially constructed : here I will focus on the legal construction of sexual spaces implied by the the logic of specific French sex-shops zoning laws. Sex-zoning laws are value-laden : they bluntly express what legislators consider to be paramount sexual good. But they also are strongly prescriptive : some spaces become forbidden spaces. Compared to various U.S. cities, there is no coherent sex " zoning " in France per se. But there are zoning tentations and multi-zoning inspirations : bars can't be too close to schools or hospitals, historical monuments' surroundings are protected, and sex-shops too have been the subject of legal imagination. I will follow the creation of a specific zoning law geared toward adult bookstores and the implementation of this law. I will describe a historical movement : isolating the store from the street, separating the store from the " children ". This history will emphasize a shift of values : During the seventies, the eighties and the nineties moral arguments are being replaced by urbanistic, non moralistic, arguments. " Moral crusaders " find new way to collectively express their claims. Being outside of morals is presented by the crusaders as being neutral, as the embodiment of a national-liberal citizenship.
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Baptiste Coulmont. How French are French sex shops ?. Sex/Life/Politics. - September 3-4 2007. Loughborough University, Grande Bretagne, Sep 2007, Loughborough, United Kingdom. ⟨halshs-00641351⟩

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