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    The cruel optimism of sexual consent.Alisa Kessel - 2020 - Contemporary Political Theory 19 (3):359-380.
    This article intervenes in a critical debate about the use of consent to distinguish sex from rape. Drawing from critical contract theories, it argues that sexual consent is a cruel optimism that often operates to facilitate, rather than alleviate, sexual violence. Sexual consent as a cruel optimism promises to simplify rape allegations in the popular cultural imagination, confounds the distinction between victims and agents of sexual violence, and establishes certainty for potential victimizers who rely on it to convince themselves and (...)
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    Sexualized violence and feminist counter-violence.Verónica Zebadúa-Yáñez, Rose A. Owen, Alisa Kessel, Melany Cruz & Amneris Chaparro-Martínez - 2023 - Contemporary Political Theory 22 (4):552-583.
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    Moving beyond Mozert: Toward a democratic theory of education.Alisa Kessel - 2015 - Educational Philosophy and Theory 47 (13-14):1419-1434.
    Most liberal political theorists of education argue that it is better to teach students to tolerate diversity, than to protect the potentially illiberal commitments of some members of the political communities. In fact, neither approach is wholly satisfying, yet they remain the focus of much political theorizing about education. This article suggests that this misguided focus is, in part, a consequence of a focus, by liberal political theorists of education, upon the 1987 Mozert v. Hawkins court case. Mozert raised serious (...)
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    Un‐contented characters: an education in the shared practices of democratic engagement.Alisa Kessel - 2009 - Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 12 (3):425-442.