Queering Law and Order

To close out 2021's Pride Month, this week's review digs into the criminal justice system's treatment of the LGBTQ+ community, and serves as call to reimagine criminal and sexual justice

Queering Law and Order: LGBTQ Communities and the Criminal Justice System

Nadal, Kevin L. Lexington Books, 2020
266p bibl index, 9781793601063 $95.00, 9781793601070 $45.00

Queering Law and Order: LGBTQ Communities and the Criminal Justice System book cover

In this vivid, powerful, and provoking text Nadal masterfully exposes how criminal justice policies, stereotypes, and fear have historically obscured rather than clarified the everyday realities of LGBTQ people—the perennial “other”—in the US. He charges that anti-gay policies, supported by certain social movements and the mentality of some, continue to strategically brutalize, marginalize, oppress, and silence non-straight people. Marshalling sound evidence and in vivid detail, Nadal argues that it is time we as a society acknowledge the brutality, intimidation, and oppression waged against LGBTQ people. Instead of pushing sexuality to the social margins, it should be situated at the center of our moral universe, prompting us to expose, accept, appreciate, and mobilize “othered” persons and correlating modes of thought, as we seek to humanize the existing (twisted) social contours of gender and sexual justice. Ultimately, this author challenges readers to understand, view, and treat sexuality for what it is—part of a person’s unique self. Broadly, this book calls for a transformation in moral, philosophical, legal, cultural, social, and public thinking about sexuality and criminal justice. The text addresses areas of philosophy, legal thought, sexuality, and gender studies, offering a must read for people vested in better understanding of, e.g., sexual violence, LGBTQ people, and sexual justice.

Summing Up: Highly recommended. All readers.
M. G. Urbina, Sul Ross State University
Interdisciplinary Subjects: Law & Society, Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Studies
Subject: Social & Behavioral Sciences – Sociology
Choice Issue: Sep 2021

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