• Sexual Justice

  • Supporting Victims, Ensuring Due Process, and Resisting the Conservative Backlash
  • By: Alexandra Brodsky
  • Narrated by: Sarah Mollo-Christensen
  • Length: 9 hrs and 21 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (16 ratings)

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Sexual Justice

By: Alexandra Brodsky
Narrated by: Sarah Mollo-Christensen
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A pathbreaking work for the next stage of the #MeToo movement, showing how we can address sexual harms with fairness to both victims and the accused, and exposing the sexism that shapes today's contentious debates about due process

Over the past few years, a remarkable number of sexual harassment victims have come forward with their stories, demanding consequences for their assailants and broad societal change. Each prominent allegation, however, has also set off a wave of questions—some posed in good faith, some distinctly not—about the rights of the accused. The national conversation has grown polarized, inflamed by a public narrative that wrongly presents feminism and fair process as warring interests.

Sexual Justice is an intervention, pointing the way to common ground. Drawing on core principles of civil rights law, and the personal experiences of victims and the accused, Alexandra Brodsky details how schools, workplaces, and other institutions can—indeed, must—address sexual harms in ways fair to all. She shows why these allegations cannot be left to police and prosecutors alone, and outlines the key principles of fair proceedings outside the courts. Brodsky explains how contemporary debates continue the long, sexist history of “rape exceptionalism,” in which sexual allegations are treated as uniquely suspect. And she calls on listeners to resist the anti-feminist backlash that hijacks the rhetoric of due process to protect male impunity.

Vivid and eye-opening, at once intellectually rigorous and profoundly empathetic, Sexual Justice clears up common misunderstandings about sexual harassment, traces the forgotten histories that underlie our current predicament, and illuminates the way to a more just world.

A Macmillan Audio production from Metropolitan Books

©2021 Alexandra Brodsky (P)2021 Macmillan Audio

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I'm not entirely sure how I feel about this book. On one hand, I do understand on a surface level what this book is trying to say. There were just a bit too many legal details for me to really fully understand it. On the other hand, I was a little unsure about what the book was saying. I do think that everyone deserves a fair trial and due process. I do think that everything to do with sexual justice is complicated. But I also think that like SVU says these crimes are "especially heinous." This book kept going on and on about how these crimes should be treated like everything else. At some points, I thought that this book was doing the opposition's job. I definitely have mixed feelings about this one and want to do more research about the arguments.

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Informative

Didactic listen. Good information and some case studies mentioned. This book increased my knowledge as a sexual assault victims advocate.

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A must listen

Brodsky's legal brilliance is in full display in this work, which will completely reshape both how you think about due process and how you view the national discourse on the topic. A must listen.

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