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Marry the state, jail the people: On Hillary Clinton's carceral feminism.


Over time, the carceral system has grown in ways that are very racialized and have much to do with the further oppression of economically marginalized people. Yes, people have to be held accountable for what they do to women - the problem is that we have a system much more focused on incarceration of abusers than trying to also find support for women who have been abused.

Writer Yasmin Nair examines the cost and consequences of carceral feminism - a reliance on the criminal justice system to correct crimes against women - and explains how expanding America's surveillance and incarceration apparatus not only prioritizes the prison industrial complex over the health and safety of women at large, but limits alternative methods of violence prevention and gender equality that exist outside the state's control.

Yasmin's essay "Marry the State, Kill the People: Hillary Clinton and Carceral Feminism" appears in the Verso collection False Choices: The Faux Feminism of Hillary Rodham Clinton.

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Yasmin Nair

Yasmin Nair is a writer, activist and Volunteer Policy Director for Gender JUST.


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