The Feminist and The Sex Offender

The Feminist and The Sex Offender:Confronting Sexual Harm, Ending State Violence

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In the era of #MeToo and mass incarceration, The Feminist and the Sex Offender makes a powerful feminist case for accountability without punishment and sexual safety and pleasure without injustice.

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.

Reviews

  • 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