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Decoding Sexual Policy In Singapore

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This chapter discusses Singapore?s social policies tend to regulate sexuality and social relations, rather than empower the sexual lives of individuals. Since sexuality is repressed in the policy hierarchy, the chapter excavates various sites to uncover sexual policies, in terms of their constituent elements and their rationale. Sexual policies in Singapore can also be gauged by official statements made by the political elite, by police action, and by censorship efforts of media authorities. The criminalisation of consensual sexual acts is etched in legal stone under the infamous Section 377 and Section 377A of the Penal Code. Sexual identity is distinct from sexual behaviour: males who have sex with males in school, the military, the monastery, the prison, etc. may not consider themselves, and may not be considered by others, as homosexual. Sexual policies concern not just behaviour, identities and relationships, but also sexual goods and services.

Keywords: homosexual; sexual acts; Sexual identity; sexual policies; Singapore

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