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Judith Levine

Judith Levine writes on politics, sex, and justice. Her latest book, with Erica R. Meiners, is The Feminist and the Sex Offender: Confronting Sexual Harm, Ending Sexual Violence.

Articles

A long line of films tracks the solidarities that arise when prohibition makes friendship too perilous.

Judith Levine

“Don’t Say Gay” laws can be traced to the Reagan-era crusade to put “parents' rights” before the interests of children.

Judith Levine
Some feminists think we can improve motherhood. But what if abolishing it is the only way to alleviate its problems?
Judith Levine

The right to reproductive health and agency is a compelling state interest.

Judith Levine
The penalties of gender and sexual violence are not equally distributed, but psyche violence is genderless.
Judith Levine
The Netflix series Dead to Me suggests that we might get closer to justice by forgiving each other and ourselves for the sometimes literally fatal flaw of being human.
Judith Levine

Instead of deterring sexual violence, criminalization has empowered policing and punishment.

Judith Levine, Erica R. Meiners

What does solidarity look like when our bodies cannot come together, in public, to agitate for a better world?

Judith Levine

The artist exploded the idea of what a book can be. For him, it was not a thing, but an instrument—something to do something with.

Judith Levine

The dichotomy between two kinds of feminism—one fighting for sexual liberation and one fighting for equality—is false.

Judith Levine
Moving from liberal gun reform to a truly radical movement will require us to make the connection between interpersonal violence and state violence.
Judith Levine

#MeToo must go beyond the demand for punishment.

Judith Levine

Forum Responses

“We are now all rooting for his success in uniting and leading the country,” President Obama declared at the White House the day after election. Thursday, after an hour and a half...
Judith Levine
In Plato’s Republic, Socrates describes an ideal city-state, where material necessities are satisfied and a just society is achieved. The sage loosens his toga and spins a fantasy of citizens relaxing on...
Judith Levine

Can the nation-state serve social justice?

Olúfẹ́mi O. Táíwò leads a forum with Thea Riofrancos, Mariame Kaba & Andrea Ritchie, Ishac Diwan & Bright Simons, and others. Plus Leila Farsakh on Palestinian statehood, Astra Taylor and Leah Hunt-Hendrix on a “solidarity state,” Joshua Craze on rule by militia, and much more. 

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