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.
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“This book confirms everything I believe in as a sex crimes expert, restorative justice practitioner, and survivor of sexual violence.”
“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.”