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Judith Levine is the author of five books and countless articles exploring politics, policy, and public emotion, especially at the intersection of sex and justice. She lives in Brooklyn, NY and a small town in northeastern Vermont.
“Don’t Say Gay” laws can be traced to the Reagan-era crusade to put “parents’ rights” before the interests of children.
Some feminists think we can improve motherhood. But what if abolishing it is the only way to alleviate its problems?
The right to reproductive health and agency is a compelling state interest.
The penalties of gender and sexual violence are not equally distributed, but psyche violence is genderless.
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.
Instead of deterring sexual violence, criminalization has empowered policing and punishment. To prevent both sexual and state-inflicted abuse, we must embrace restorative justice.
What does solidarity look like when our bodies cannot come together, in public, to agitate for a better world?
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.
Linda Hirshman’s new book Reckoning poses a false dichotomy between two kinds of feminism: those fighting for sexual liberation and those fighting for equality. We don’t have to give up one for the sake of the other.
Moving from liberal gun reform to a truly radical movement will require us to make the connection between interpersonal violence and state violence.
#MeToo must go beyond the demand for punishment.
To fight sexual harassment in the workplace, we must return to the history of women in the labor movement.
Prosecuting stealthing may not be the best way to end the practice.
The female body is not, as Ariel Levy claims, the ultimate equalizer.
Why did the alt-right, so eager to excuse Milo Yiannopoulos, finally turn on him?
Our democracy may depend on government workers, and indeed all of us, saying "I would prefer not to."
Hillary Clinton is the first major politician to support abortion without qualification. And she has never polled better with millennials.
When your father is trans, memoir is both personal and political.
Rapists should be held accountable. But is more incarceration the best way?
With terrorism scares aplenty, how worried should one be?
A new law aims to deny pariah sex offenders even exile.
Moralistic efforts to guard against online predation do more harm than good.
Yes-means-yes will not encourage good sex. It will not discourage good sex. It is irrelevant to good sex.
"She didn't believe in God. But she believed. Optimism was her faith."
Without sexual liberation, sexual oppression and sexual violence will continue.
One report on purported elder abuse describes victims as dependent captives “in highly sexualized environments.”
“Dear Sir, I don’t like the way you crossed me out.”
During the exhaustive search for Etan, black children were disappearing in Atlanta.
Patriotism, as brilliant as the gold tridents pounded into a SEAL’s coffin lid, outshines all flaws.
In this drama of race and sexuality, the NYPD could learn something from Mayor de Blasio.
It's like asking if slavery is good economic policy.
What the Rolling Stone “hoax” reveals about feminism and political correctness.
Why are we even debating whether a seven-year-old child was a child molester?
Shirley Temple and the Myth of Childhood Innocence
Dora Russell and the evolution of feminisim.
Paul Goodman was thinking globally and acting locally before it became a slogan.