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Listening to Sex Offenders: New at Reason

Thursday, November 17, 2016 13:25
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To write her book Sex Offenders, Stigma, and Social Control, sociologist Diana Rickard recruited half a dozen former offenders, then asked them their life stories, including why they committed their crimes. Reading these men’s explanations is like listening to a low-rent version of The Moth, Debbie Nathan writes in her review: They are stereotypical and repetitive in ways we’ve all heard a million times, all our lives, and mostly not from sexual offenders. The offenders even believe in the sex offenders registry—as long as they’re not on it. Like most Americans, they cling to this side of humanity by asserting their “normalcy.”

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