7.11.2016

"Gay for the Stay and Straight at the Gate: Women's Jail, Sexual Fluidity, and the Five-Paragraph Essay"

an excerpt:
But I quickly learned that in women’s jail the numbers flipped. When I treated the women like any other class, out of ten students, I’d have two with me and the other eight would be in some stage of quitting. And, frankly, their resistance was more vocal. More personal. At times their backlash consisted of pointed and cruel reminders of how so many women have learned to defend themselves against the threat of other women. Sure, I’d dealt with such before, by no means is this dynamic limited to jail, but the volume! The intensity of nothing left to lose. The wounds they could not hide, and we could not heal. It was exhausting. It was emotional labor.

"Gay for the Stay and Straight at the Gate: Women's Jail, Sexual Fluidity and the Five-Paragraph Essay"

This is the second essay in the series I am writing on incarceration. Continued thanks to Philadelphia Printworks for their support (and patience).

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