Captive Genders: Trans Embodiment and the Prison Industrial Complex

Captive Genders: Trans Embodiment and the Prison Industrial Complex

Eric A. Stanley

Language: English

Pages: 300

ISBN: 1849350701

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Pathologized, terrorized, and confined, trans/gender non-conforming and queer folks have always struggled against the enormity of the prison industrial complex. The first collection of its kind, Eric A. Stanley and Nat Smith bring together current and former prisoners, activists, and academics to offer new ways for understanding how race, gender, ability, and sexuality are lived under the crushing weight of captivity. Through a politic of gender self-determination, this collection argues that trans/queer liberation and prison abolition must be grown together. From rioting against police violence and critiquing hate crimes legislation to prisoners demanding access to HIV medications, and far beyond, Captive Genders is a challenge for us all to join the struggle.

"An exciting assemblage of writings--analyses, manifestos, stories, interviews--that traverse the complicated entanglements of surveillance, policing, imprisonment, and the production of gender normativity.... [T]he contributors to this volume create new frameworks and new vocabularies that surely will have a transformative impact on the theories and practices of twenty-first century abolition."--Angela Y. Davis, professor emerita, University of California, Santa Cruz

"The purpose of prison abolition is to discover and promote the countless ways freedom and difference are mutually dependent. The contributors to Captive Genders brilliantly shatter the assumption that the antidote to danger is human sacrifice."--Ruth Wilson Gilmore, author of Golden Gulag: Prisons, Surplus, Crisis, and Opposition in Globalizing California

"Captive Genders is at once a scathing and necessary analysis of the prison industrial complex and a history of queer resistance to state tyranny. By queering a prison abolition analysis, Captive Genders moves us to imagine the impossible dream of liberation."--Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore, author of So Many Ways to Sleep Badly

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inability to access basic survival resources. These laws do nothing to prevent our deaths, they just use our deaths to expand a system that endangers our lives and places a chokehold on our communities.16 24 Building an Abolitionist Trans and Queer Movement • Undermining Transformative Organizing The second half of the twentieth century saw a major upsurge in radical and revolutionary organizing in oppressed communities in the United States and around the world. This powerful organizing posed

gay community’s experience of violence and anger toward police. In Kinsman’s book The Regulation of Desire, the author notes how “support came from feminists, unions, civil liberties and religious groups, and progressive members of city council.”47 While there were some sources that were particularly insidious,48 many mainstream newspapers contained voices in favor of the gay community as well. IV. Internal Divisions Such coalitions, of course, should not obscure the fact that there were internal

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insist that total abolition begins and ends with squatting and squatters. Fewer people get hurt, so these liberating dreams rest in better hands than those of a 501(c)3, which 92 Hotel Hell can merely dissolve once the struggle is no longer fiscally convenient for their corporate structure. Happens all the time in San Francisco; it’s a simple equation. For Cluny, the Root Queen’s polymorphous dreaming of a body disentangled from institutional violence through shows of defiance becomes

London: University of Minnesota Press, 2004). 31. Keith Boykin, “Gay Racism in the Castro,” In Sexuality. http://www.keithboykin. com/arch/2005/05/04/gay_racism_in_t, (accessed June 6, 2008); Keith Boykin, “Gay Racism,” One More River to Cross: Black and Gay in America (New 159 Captive Genders York: First Anchor Books, 1996); Jasmyne Cannick, “White Gay Groups Silent on Black Gay Hate Crime Too.” http://jasmynecannick.typepad.com/jasmynecannickcom/2006/10/white_gays_grou.html. 32. Dean

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