Your Brother, My Wife: Sex and Gender Behind Bars

Your Brother, My Wife: Sex and Gender Behind Bars

Many of us know that sex, sexual violence and varying levels of sexual coercion occur in our prisons. But the subject of sex in prison remains an uncomfortable one. While recent media reports and revelations on prison corruption have played a role in bringing it more into the public arena, generally not much is understood about the dynamics of sex in men's prisons. This article provides some insight into the relationships of power and vulnerability that underpin much of the sex that is taking place in this context.

 

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Sasha Gear
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Sasha Gear is a former CSVR Senior Researcher. She is Co-Director of the South African branch of Just Detention International. Sasha works closely with the South African Department of Correctional Services and civil society groups to address sexual abuse in detention and the associated health risks.

Kindisa Ngubeni
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Kindisa Ngubeni is a former researcher and senior community facilitator at the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (CSVR).

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