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Screw Consent: A Better Politics of Sexual Justice

Joseph J. Fischel


Consent is threadbare for sexual-justice politics, argues author Joseph Fischel. Spotlighting sex on the periphery, Screw Consent takes aim at the sex imagined at the center of our moral universe: adult, consensual. Each chapter turns another “screw” on consent, interrogating sex that is unfamiliar, atypical, or weird. Consent, shows Fischel, is alternatively insufficient, inapposite, or riddled with scope contradictions. It therefore cannot scaffold a democratically hedonic sexual culture. Access and autonomy, the author suggests, are more promising idioms for our sexual politics.

Keywords: consent, autonomy, access, Title IX, sexual violence, BDSM, ability, disability, #MeToo, feminism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780520295407
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520295407.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joseph J. Fischel, author
Yale University