My dissertation, "Deviant Subjects: Sex Offenders, Stigma, and Citizenship in Modern America," examines how the American state changed the way it regulated sex offenders in response to the interventions of social movements during the long 1970s. At midcentury, American sex crime law stigmatized gay men and lesbians as a menace to society. In the 1970s, the gay rights movement initiated a revolution that unseated the most repressive forms of state-sanctioned homophobia. At the same time, lawmakers refocused sex crime law on other categories of offenders they newly perceived to be dangerous, particularly child molesters, rapists, and, in the 1980s, people with HIV. Though the cast of characters had changed, the new sex offender laws continued to rely on the same flawed methods of stigma, exclusion, and quarantine to control sexual harm.
De Orio, S. (Forthcoming). Gay Men, Liberal Politics, and the Transformation of Sex Offender Registration in California, 1947-1983. In D. Halperin, Sex and Justice. Durham, NC: Duke University Press