I’m trying not to be one of those carceral feminists.

Anyone who says the policing and prison systems need to be abolished…probably has some good points to make. Anyone who has a quick “duh” answer to the matter of what comes after abolition…is probably full of shit.

This kind of questioning is the energy I would like to engage with:

And that’s when it clicked for me: we need to start from the ground up. We all need to engage with the question of how to hold abusers accountable, and there won’t be any 100% solutions any time soon. This challenge is no excuse to fall back on the assumption that we can’t do without prisons and police departments.

I’m a feminist; I even call myself a radical feminist. I need to be ready to be radical about how we deal with shitty people. I’m also a creative. I can build entire worlds from the ground up. If I’m going to have opinions on what justice demands, then it’s on me to use some imagination on the structures needed to make justice happen.

It’s gonna be a big, messy conversation. I want to be part of that conversation.

Unintended Consequences, Part 7: Cersei’s On Her Own

This is it, everyone. This is the final chapter of the essay. This part is mostly context, but I’m also including the conclusion here. Cersei thought she could ask Jaime to die for her rather than outlive her, and how did that work out?

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There is a wall, bifurcated vertically between light and dark. There is a jagged crack running horizontally across the photo. I have added text to the lower left quadrant: “Jaime would never abandon me for such a creature.”

If you haven’t read them already, see the Intro, Stage 1 (Escape from Riverrun), Stage 2 (Bloody Mummers), Stage 3 (House Lannister Falls Apart), Stage 4 (Oathkeeper), Stage 5 (“I love you too, sweet sister”) and Stage 6 (Harrenhal Revisited). If you would like to read this essay offline, get the iBooks or PDF version and you’ll never have to worry about me shutting down this blog.

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