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Against Equality: Prisons Will Not Protect You Paperback – November 1, 2012

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 114 pages
  • Publisher: AE Press (November 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615678920
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615678924
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,423,927 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Resisting the belief that safety is found in the arms of the law or at the feet of the State--the authors gathered here illustrate how technologies of capture, social death, and liquidation produce prisons as spaces of infinite brutality. Through an abolitionist analysis they detonate the LGBT mainstream's argument that justice hinges on imprisoning the "correct" bodies and reaffirm that imprisonment itself is the antagonism of our collective liberation.
~ Eric A. Stanley, coeditor Captive Genders: Trans Embodiment and the Prison Industrial Complex (AK Press, 2011)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By wildflowerboy on July 31, 2013
Format: Paperback
For far too long, the right-wing gay establishment has been collaborating with law enforcement and the FBI, supporting the profit-driven prison industrial complex instead of fighting for prison abolition. In this short but thought-provoking anthology of essays by radical queer and transgender activists, the sacred cow issue of hate crime legislation is tackled, showing how it fails to address the actual causes of homophobic and transphobic violence, while simultaneously incarcerating massive numbers of impoverished people, people of color, and sexual minorities. Needless to say, given the constant state violence perpetrated against LGBT people, particularly though not exclusively against transgender women of color, homeless LGBT youth, and sex workers, it is absurd to entrust the police with our protection. Instead, we should be building better, community-based solutions to end all forms of violence. The final book in the Against Equality trilogy challenging the mainstream LGBT movement's conservative agenda of gay marriage, gays in the military, and hate crime legislation, this is a great and extremely important book.

For a more in-depth exploration of this issue, I also strongly recommend reading, "Captive Genders: Trans Empowerment And The Prison Industrial Complex" edited by Eric A. Stanley and Nat Smith and published by AK Press.
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Ryan Conrad is an artist, activist, and scholar from central Maine. He co-founded Against Equality ( with Yasmin Nair in 2009, and he is currently pursuing an interdisciplinary PhD in Sexuality Studies at Concordia University in Montréal. His visual work is archived at and he can be reached at rconrad/at/