On the other hand, the femme or mommy has a feminine appearance, plays a passive role in the relationship, and acts in a manner that corresponds to what is considered as traditional female behaviour. Research in European and American academic communities on homosexual relationships among female inmates was given very little attention until the s. Researchers often resort to questionnaire-type surveys which address very specific disciplinary tasks, whereas the everyday life of women in prisons and colonies is often side-lined. A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies, vol. Thus, compared with homosexuality in male prisons, lesbianism was considered trivial and harmless. Those who are visited by their husbands, they are on their own, yeah. It argues that the gender regime in correctional facilities for women becomes an additional mechanism aimed at strengthening discipline, control, and the patriarchy in a patriarchal society. Nadya, 34, prison term: For instance, romantic stories about relationships between inmates and female guards mean that homosexual couples are considered normal in this particular colony, even if it is not talked about.
Problems with both hot and cold water make it virtually impossible to maintain personal hygiene during menstruation. Feminism Confronts Russian Patriarchy. Some of the most important aspects of this issue are the formal and informal boundaries between the private and the public in isolated systems, bodily control and discipline physiology, hygiene through corporal punishment and rewards, the influence of a homosocial environment on emerging emotional relationships, and the idea of humanism in the context of confinement. Most recent studies are aimed at exploring violence and aggression, both covert and direct , which has resulted in the dominant opinion that close relationships between female inmates usually take the form of sexual exploitation. The sincerity of desire, faithfulness in love, vows and promises becomes dramatically real on the one hand, and temporary and changeable on the other. God forbid you go against them. On the other hand, they can trigger negative reactions: Because if you only think about yourself, you might just become obsessed and go mad or become a real asshole. This research has both followed and increased dominant discourses and policies of punishment, placing an emphasis on the extreme deprivation of privacy as the basic principle of correction. The presented material tells details of this and many more things. Women and Criminal Justice, vol. Due to certain limitations of this method of studying gender and sexuality, the sample and analysis did not present many situations or practices of violence. Trans-National and Intersectional Perspectives eds. The female body becomes an additional mechanism of supporting the repressive nature of a penal colony, strengthening patriarchal traditions, and maintaining a high level of homophobia in Russian society as a whole. The butch, stud broad, drag butch, or daddy have a distinctively masculine appearance and are usually the dominant partner in same-sex relationships. These are the inmates who have been in prison for a long time such as homeless people, alcoholics, or women from extremely poor environments and rural areas that do not receive care packages. And when they go into the house, there is a girl on guard, and if she sees them come, they shout all around the house that the police are there, warning everyone. During my first time in prison, there was this really forgiving colony warden; the only thing he used to put us in punitive isolation cells for was precisely this, lesbianism. The following analysis relies on the above-mentioned positions in order to test the ways they manifest themselves in the Russian context. British Journal of Criminology, vol. However, her texts rarely touch upon the topic of close relationships in correctional institutions for women, and they are mostly done in the context of human rights, not sociology. It is especially evident in the empirical material, which often leads to unfounded conclusions, and the use of popular, stereotypical images and scandalous, almost pornographic, texts. Most studies that deal with female sexuality in prisons focus on same-sex relationships and the formation of play families. Just a woman, like me, just like me. Theorizing Intersectionality and Sexuality eds. This fragility and instability of any status, except perhaps for the lowest ones, becomes an additional mechanism of maintaining an atmosphere of fear, mistrust, and insecurity.
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