The Feminist and the Sex Offender, by Judith Levine and Erica Meiners
With analytical clarity and narrative force, The Feminist and the Sex Offender contends with two problems that are typically siloed in the era of #MeToo and mass incarceration: sexual and gender violence, on the one hand, and the state’s unjust, ineffective, and soul-destroying response to it on the other. Is it possible to confront the culture of abuse? Is it possible to hold harm-doers accountable without recourse to a criminal justice system that redoubles injuries, fails survivors, and retrenches the conditions that made such abuse possible?
Drawing on interviews, extensive research, reportage, and history, The Feminist and the Sex Offender develops an intersectional feminist approach to ending sexual violence. It maps with considerable detail the unjust sex offender regime while highlighting the alternatives we urgently need.
Praise for The Feminist and the Sex Offender
“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 Don’t Talk about when We Talk about #MeToo
“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