Avoiding sexual abuse, in particular rape by other prisoners or correctional officers, was another reason why men described their choice to avoid sexual relationships while incarcerated. The single-sex environment of prisons creates especially constricted views of gender roles, with a culture of hyper-masculinity dominating male prisons. Despite his close sexual relationship, Joaquin additionally describes racialized codes of masculinity that he navigates:. If he was making this up, what did he hope to get out of such an embarrassing story? Institutionalized Indifference: However, as challenging as it was for him to resist developing a sexual relationship with this man, he is clear about the reasons why. Coming out as gay — in prison by Phil Forder.
Men sexually abuse others to establish dominance, power and to maintain their masculinity.
Hogan, S. Dumont, D. Carceral intimacies demand that we — as scholars, as social change activists, as engaged citizens — listen to the narratives of the incarcerated as we configure research and practice on sexualities and penal institutions.
Attending to the narratives themselves as well as the material realities that they represent, structural intimacies conjoin critical analysis of the material, cultural and discursive production of sexual bodies.