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Joseph J. Fischel is an Associate Professor of Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies at Yale University. His research traverses normative political theory, feminist and queer studies, and public law. He is the author of Sex and Harm in the Age of Consentand Screw Consent: A Better Politics of Sexual Justice. He is currently working on his next book project, Sodomitical Justice: A Solicitation, which investigate the life and afterlife of sodomy law in New Orleans and beyond.
Allegations against Mayor Alex Morse sought to use a moral panic for political gain. Such manipulations of public sentiment not only harm their intended target, though: they can set back decades of progressive politics.