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  • Foreword. Thinking Sex and Justice / Trevor Hoppe  ix
    Introduction. The War on Sex / David M. Halperin  1
    Part I. The Politics of Sex
    1. The New Pariahs: Sex, Crime and Punishment in America / Roger N. Lancaster  65
    2. Sympathy for the Devil: Why Progressives Haven't Helped the Sex Offender, Why They Should, and How They Can / Judith Levine  126
    3, Queer Disavowel: "Controversial Crimes" and Building Abolition / Owen Daniel-McCarter, Erica R. Meiners, and R Noll  174
    4. A New Iron Closet: Failing to Extend the Spirit of Lawrence v. Texas to Prison and Prisoners / J. Wallace Borchert  191
    5. Seeing the Sex and Justice Landscape through the Vatican's Eyes: The War on Gender and the Seamless Garmet of Sexual Rights / Mary Anne Case  211
    Part II. The Invention of the Sex Offender
    6. Sex Panic, Psychiatry, and the Expansion ofthe Carceral State / Regina Kunzel 229
    7. The Creation of the Modern Sex Offender / Scott de Orio  247
    8. For What They Might Do: A Sex Offender Exception to the Constitution / Laura Mansnerus  268
    Part III. Sex Work and the  Trouble with Trafficking
    9. The "Hooker Teacher" Tell All / Melissa Petro  291
    10. Carceral Politics as Gender Justice? The "Traffic in Women" and Neoliberal Circuits of Crime, Sex, and Rights / Elizabeth Bernstein  297
    11. California's Proposition 35 and the Trouble with Trafficking / Carol Queen and Penelope Saunders  323
    Part IV. Making HIV a Crime
    12. HIV: Prosecution or Prevention? HIV is Not a Crime / Sean Strub  347
    13. HIV Monsters: Gay Men, Criminal Law, and the New Political Economy of HIV / Gregory Tomso  353
    14. HIV Care as Social Rehabilitation: Medical Governance, the AIDS Surveillance Industry, and Therapeutic Citizenship Neoliberal Taiwan / Hans Tao-Ming Huang   378
    Part V. Resistance
    15. The New War on Sex: A Report from the Global Front Lines/ Maurice Tomlinson  409
    16. Building a Movement for Justice: Doe v. Jindal and the Campaign Against Louisiana's Crime Against Nature Statute / Alexis Agathocleous  429
    17. Bringing Sex to the Table of Justice / Amber Hollibaugh  454
    Afterword. How You Can Get Involved / Trevor Hoppe  461
    Contributors  465
    Index  469
  • Jay Borchert

    Mary Anne Case

    Scott De Orio

    Amber L. Hollibaugh

    Hans Tao-Ming Huang

    Regina Kunzel

    Roger N. Lancaster

    Judith Levine

    Laura Mansnerus

    Erica Meiners

    Carol Queen

    Sean Strub

    Maurice Tomlinson

    Gregory Tomso

  • "Interdisciplinary in scope and inclusive of activist voices from outside the academy, the book is an essential introduction to a struggle for self-determination and sexual self-assertion that has been occurring behind mainstream social movements’ focus on dignity and respectability.... [A]n urgent, well-argued agenda...."

    "This is an illuminating, often disturbing book, handling some extremely touchy subjects...."


  • "Interdisciplinary in scope and inclusive of activist voices from outside the academy, the book is an essential introduction to a struggle for self-determination and sexual self-assertion that has been occurring behind mainstream social movements’ focus on dignity and respectability.... [A]n urgent, well-argued agenda...."

    "This is an illuminating, often disturbing book, handling some extremely touchy subjects...."

  • "Containing essays from some of the most insightful scholars and activists working on the front lines, The War on Sex is a vital tool for understanding how the regulation and criminalization of sex relate to our vital struggles in racial, economic, gender, and disability justice. Full of thoughtful, carefully researched essays, The War on Sex will support readers in classrooms and social movements to understand and strategize about the relationships among sex, criminalization, poverty, disability, and contemporary politics. We need this book right now." — Dean Spade, author of Normal Life: Administrative Violence, Critical Trans Politics, and the Limits of Law

    "Recent events just keep confirming, all too dismally, that the issues this collection takes up—from sex offender registries and sex trafficking to HIV in public health—link together as a major front of struggle in our time, often far from public view. Questioning some of the narratives of progress that are so widely echoed in the media and popular consciousness, The War on Sex will immediately meet the needs of academics and activists alike." — Michael Warner, author of Publics and Counterpublics

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  • Description

    The past fifty years are conventionally understood to have witnessed an uninterrupted expansion of sexual rights and liberties in the United States. This state-of-the-art collection tells a different story: while progress has been made in marriage equality, reproductive rights, access to birth control, and other areas, government and civil society are waging a war on stigmatized sex by means of law, surveillance, and social control. The contributors document the history and operation of sex offender registries and the criminalization of HIV, as well as highly punitive measures against sex work that do more to harm women than to combat human trafficking. They reveal that sex crimes are punished more harshly than other crimes, while new legal and administrative regulations drastically restrict who is permitted to have sex. By examining how the ever-intensifying war on sex affects both privileged and marginalized communities, the essays collected here show why sexual liberation is indispensable to social justice and human rights.
    Contributors. Alexis Agathocleous, Elizabeth Bernstein, J. Wallace Borchert, Mary Anne Case, Scott De Orio, David M. Halperin, Amber Hollibaugh, Trevor Hoppe, Hans Tao-Ming Huang, Regina Kunzel, Roger N. Lancaster, Judith Levine, Laura Mansnerus, Owen Daniel McCarter, Erica R. Meiners, R. Noll, Melissa Petro, Carol Queen, Penelope Saunders, Sean Strub, Maurice Tomlinson, Gregory Tomso

    About The Author(s)

    David M. Halperin is W. H. Auden Distinguished University Professor of the History and Theory of Sexuality in the English Department at the University of Michigan and the author, most recently, of How to Be Gay.

    Trevor Hoppe is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University at Albany, State University of New York, and author of Punishing Disease.
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