Week 6

Stranger Danger

Key Questions

  • How has the sex registry regime developed? How has its development been entangled with anti-queerness, anti-Blackness, and paternalism?

  • What is the purported purpose of sex registries? How do sex registries rely on myths about sexual violence?

  • What do sex registries expose about the resonance of “protecting children” in carceral discourse? Which children are deemed in need of protection?

Required Materials

Supplementary Materials


People designated as a "sexually violent person" or "sexually violent predator" can be confined indefinitely beyond the term of their incarceration. Look through this report on civil commitment to learn more about this carceral practice. Which states have these laws and policies? How many people are detained under these policies in each state? What kinds of people are committed under these statutes?