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Editor: Kevin Cole
Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Capers on Future Sex

I. Bennett Capers (Fordham University School of Law) has posted Future Sex (NYU ANNUAL SURVEY OF AMERICAN LAW 2021) on SSRN. Here is the abstract:
If we care about crafting reforms to protect women and men from unwanted sex, then it behooves us to first have an open and honest discussion about wanted sex. It also behooves us to imagine what a future with only wanted sex would look like. Future Sex—the second work in a trilogy that began with Afrofuturism, Critical Race Theory, and Policing in the Year 2044, 94 N.Y.U. L. Rev. 1 (2019)—considers where we have been, and where we are going, when it comes to reforming sexual assault laws. Equally important, it considers where we want to be. It explores how feminist futurists have imagined sexual autonomy in a utopian world. After all, it is this future that should be our north star, that will help us keep our eyes on the prize and reduce the likelihood of being sidetracked or losing track and ending up someplace else. It will reduce too the likelihood of our passing reforms that inadvertently contribute to mass incarceration, over-criminalization, and the racialized and gendered policing that seem to accompany them. In short, we should all be thinking about future sex.

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