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Sexuality in the Marketplace

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The volume of research and number of publications on human sexuality have expanded considerably during the past decades. This renewed academic interest in sexuality springs from the present social problems associated with sexuality, of which AIDS is the most visible and dramatic issue, and from the social movements since the 1960s that have sought to strengthen the visibility, empowerment, and rights of sexual minorities. Sexuality debates are today more complicated and controversial than ever because of the complex role that sexual reproduction and eroticism play in our contemporary market society, where sexuality is not only another commodity to trade but also the arena of decisive ideological struggles.