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Against Equality: Prisons Will Not Protect You

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In the third and final installation of its trilogy, Against Equality once again demonstrates that another queer and radical world is possible. The essays in this volume take a critical stance against the prison industrial complex and the system of inequality and violence perpetuated by hate crimes legislation, formally passed in the United States in 2009 as the Matthew She ...more
Paperback, 114 pages
Published October 1st 2012 by AE Press
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Krystal Marlein
Feb 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This was a very interesting and educational book to read. Every essay is different. It makes you think and opens the readers eyes to the hate and discrimination that goes on in our world.


I won this book as a good reads first reads winner.
Possum Paderau
Feb 07, 2013 rated it it was ok
**This review is a WIP. I have a lot of thoughts about this book that I'm going to work on organizing whenever possible.**

I was very torn on what rating to give this book and how I should review it. On the one hand, the book offered a lot of insights that I had never previously considered and also gave me a lot of empirical data to digest. This book definitely convinced me that prisons aren't an effective means of managing conflict or reconciling harm committed against people. Furthermore, the m
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Stephanie Schroeder
Nov 07, 2012 rated it liked it


This book provides a cohesive, enlightening (and enlightened) perspective on hate crimes legislation and prosecution that is unpopular everywhere, but in and among especially Gay Inc. Thank goodness for the Against Equality collective and its trilogy of important books and archives. I'd give this final book in the series 4 or 5 stars except for the unwise inclusion of a badly written essay by John D'Entremont that, while decrying the homosexual panic that fueled child sexual abuse allegations a
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Sarah
Mar 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
A great introduction to why many queer activists aren't in support of hate crimes legislation. This book is a small collection of brief essays on the same topic, so it can get repetitive, but I think it's a good introduction if these ideas are newer to you and, for all of us, it's a great chance to survey some of the positions that various organizations and activists have taken in the last decade or so re: hate crimes legislation and the role of mainstream gay rights organizations in perpetuatin ...more
Kathleen O'Neal
Jun 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
This third volume of the Against Equality trio critiques the mainstream LGBT community's focus on hate crime legislation, arguing that it does not solve the problems of violence and oppression facing LGBTQ people and in fact feeds the prison-industrial complex. While I found the arguments in this volume less compelling than those in the other two books in the series (which is odd enough because I actually oppose hate crimes legislation and do not oppose same-sex marriage or the repeal of Don't A ...more
Audrey
Feb 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is a really quick read, since it's a series of essays (mostly blog posts). I would have preferred more analysis, but this is a great introduction to prison abolition through a queer lens -- specifically critiquing prison expansion and hate-crime legislation.

Planning to read Captive Genders soon; flipped through it briefly and there's much more analysis and examples of ways to implement abolition.
Dee
Sep 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Vital critiques of the prison industrial complex and hate crime laws written by fierce people.
Emma
Sep 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
Again, so great. And yet again, Yasmin Nair nails it, adding nuance and intrigue.
Lee
Jun 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A terrific queering of the prison abolition movement. A must read for anyone doing work around race, class, sexual orientation, gender identity or ability.
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Ryan Conrad is currently a postdoctoral fellow working with the AIDS Activist History Project at Carleton University. He received his PhD from the Interdisciplinary Humanities PhD program offered through the Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Society and Culture at Concordia University.

Conrad is also the co-founder of Against Equality, a digital archive and publishing collective based in the
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