Confronting Sexual Harm, Ending State Violence
One of our most important scholar/activists, Erica Meiners always challenges us to engage critically with the complex and sometimes surprising ideological strategies that bolster the expanding carceral state -- Angela Davis, University of California Santa Cruz In their timely and compelling book, Levine and Meiners ask: How do we, as feminists, address sexual violence without expanding and strengthening the violent carceral state? The Feminist and the Sex Offender dives into the history-and consequences-of relying on policing and prisons to address sexual violence. -- Victoria Law, author of Resistance Behind Bars Systematically dismantling the paradigm of punishment, the authors provide a new lens of hope and political clarity, melding feminism and abolition into a powerful manifesto of liberation. -- James Kilgore, author of Understanding Mass Incarceration For all who desire a humane future, The Feminist and the Sex Offender offers a bracing liberationist and abolitionist dream of freedom and throws down a practical and heady challenge. -- JoAnn Wypijewski, author of What We Dont Talk about when We Talk about #MeToo This book confirms everything I believe in as a sex crimes expert, restorative justice practitioner, and survivor of sexual violence. -- Alissa R. Ackerman, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, California State University, Fullerton Levine and Meiners show how the contingent now called "carceral" feminists (from the same root as incarcerate), spurred by rage and an eagerness for retribution - and by the exhilaration of "at last we're getting the bastards" - has played a large role in expanding the prison industrial complex, along with that cruel sex offender registry, precisely at the time that other feminists and civil rights activists are trying to rein it in. -- Dr. Carol Tavris * Skeptic * Pulls back the curtain on the history of the sex offender registry, its roots and its injustices, and how we can strive for a future with neither sexual harm nor state violence. -- Lyra Walsh Fuchs * Dissent *
Judith Levine is a longtime journalist and author of countless articles and commentaries in popular media-Village Voice, New York Times, Harper's, Boston Review, n+1, and others-as well as four books. Harmful to Minors: The Perils of Protecting Children From Sex won the LA Times Book Award. Erica R. Meiners is a Professor of Education and Women's and Gender Studies at Northeastern Illinois University and the author of several books, most recently For the Children? Protecting Innocence in a Carceral State.