What’s Wrong with Rights
We often turn to “rights” as ways to address social or personal violence. Liberal Feminism argued that it was the lack of “rights” in the household or private sphere, as much as the inequalities of the wage and workplace that facilitated pervasive sexual violence and intimate partner abuse. Feminist grassroots organizers developed domestic violence response that made the state responsible for enforcing women’s rights. Yet, this strategy has helped build and justify a massive policing apparatus, rebranding liberal feminism as “carceral feminism.” How did this happen? Can there be feminism without the police? What replaces a “right” to safety and freedom from harm? What alternative does abolitionist feminism offer?